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Paris Saint-Germain stars to pocket €250,000 each if they beat Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain stars will each pocket €250,000 if they get past Chelsea and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Parc des Prince, with Branislav Ivanovic giving the Blues the lead before Edinson Cavani levelled things up ahead of their showdown at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Incentive

PSG haven't gone further than the quarter-finals in the Champions League - it was Chelsea who knocked them out at that stage last season - since they were bought by their Qatar-based owners, and according to newspaper El Pais the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic are being offered a sizeable incentive to go even further in the competition.

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According to the paper they'll get the bonus of quarter of a million euros by making it to the last eight, having already secured a bonus of €100,000 each for making the knockout stages. If they go all the way to the final then the PSG players are in line to pocket an incredible €1 million, while they'll get €750,000 for just making it to Berlin. By comparison Real Madrid players are said to have pocketed €500,000 for completing La Decima last season. 

Bonus

Ibrahimovic is said to have negotiated a personal bonus of €1.5 million if he helps his side become the champions of Europe. 

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Chelsea will have something to say about all of that however, and will have their own plans to make it to the final in May. 

They fell just short last season and were knocked out in the semi-final stage by Atletico Madrid. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has won the Champions League twice but has never made the final with the Blues.

Opinion

When Qatari money was first pumped into PSG they were viewed as a sort of odd experiment, however they showed in the first leg that they're a serious team. The money will be a a sweetner for the likes of Cavani and Ibrahimovic but it won't be what they're chasing. 

PSG are yearning for acceptance at European football's top table, and a win against Chelsea will do just that. That, for the players, is priceless.

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