The Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain will pay a 1-million-euro ($1.38-million) bonus per player for a Champions League title, the biggest monetary incentive in soccer history, French sports daily L'Equipe reported Thursday.
That amount is double what Real Madrid is offering its players for winning their club's 10th Champions crown, and 400,000 euros more than what the members of Spain's national team got for capturing the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the biggest title bonus paid out to date.
Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic negotiated the bonus with the club's president, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, to speed up the club's European ambitions, the daily said.
While Qatar Sports Investments last year established a four-year window for a Champions League title, PSG's owners apparently are encouraged by the team's strong recent domestic and European results and want to bring home that prestigious crown at the next opportunity.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich rewarded Chelsea's players with 450,000 euros each for that club's Champions League title in 2012.
Last year, Bayern Munich's players each pocketed an 800,000-euro bonus as a reward for the club's treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles.
Paris Saint-Germain has advanced to the quarterfinals of this season's Champions League competition and will find out its next opponent in Friday's draw. EFE