Kylian Mbappe, the star striker of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), has shocked the football world by demanding a €100 million loyalty bonus from his club, in addition to his €60 million net salary per year. The demand, which was made in a letter to the PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has been leaked to the media and has sparked outrage and criticism among the fans and the pundits.
Despite persistent links to Real Madrid, Mbappe argues that his loyalty to PSG in the face of external interest justifies the substantial bonus. Since joining in 2017, he claims to have played a pivotal role in the club’s trophy successes, even as they fell short in the Champions League over the past two seasons.
Mbappe makes it clear that he will only consider a contract renewal with PSG if they agree to meet his demands for the loyalty bonus, to be paid in two installments of €50 million on March 1st and April 1st, respectively. Unwilling to entertain lower offers, he states that he will leave PSG as a free agent next summer if his terms are not met.
PSG swiftly rejected Mbappe’s demand, denouncing him as ungrateful and greedy. Expressing disappointment and anger, the club declares its readiness to sell Mbappe to any club offering a reasonable price, vehemently opposing the possibility of him leaving for free next summer.
Football experts and commentators have ridiculed Mbappe’s demand, suggesting he may be overestimating his value and jeopardizing his reputation. Many believe external influences, such as agents and advisers, are driving his financial-centric approach, urging him to prioritize on-field performance over contractual matters.