The controversial website Football Leaks has struck yet again.
The whistleblowers have leaked numerous contracts of the game’s biggest stars including Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil and Radamel Falcao - and this time, it’s the turn of Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City signed the striker from Atletico Madrid for £28 million in 2011 and the documents have revealed how much the club have paid for him, as well as the numerous bonuses the Argentine has earned during his five seasons at the Etihad.
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The papers show that the Citizens paid the Spanish club in three annual instalments in July 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Aguero has also earned £3 million in bonuses thanks to his appearances and his goals.
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The club agreed to give him £200,000 for every campaign he scored 15 goals and made 25 appearances in all competitions - which he has now managed in all five seasons so far.
The two Premier League titles that Aguero has won in Manchester has cost the club £1.6 million with City having to pay Atleti £800,000 for each league triumph.
Manchester City’s Champions League campaigns in recent years have been extremely disappointing with them reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their history this season.
However, City’s poor showings in the elite European completion has meant they haven’t had to pay Atletico Madrid much money as the agreement states Manuel Pellegrini’s side have to shell out £800,000 for every final they reach in the Champions League and £400,000 for each semi-final.
This season, City face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-eight of the competition and stand a fantastic chance of reaching the semi-finals. They certainly won’t care if it costs them £400,000 if they are in the final four of the Champions League.
No Madrid clause
Interestingly, there is no clause to prevent City from selling Aguero to Real Madrid.
Clubs often insert agreements which stops the player in question being sold to a rival team but there is nothing to suggest Aguero can’t move to the Bernabeu.
Despite the large transfer fee and all of the bonuses, Aguero can probably be considered a bargain for the Sky Blues.
The 27-year-old has been magnificent for Manchester City, scoring 126 goals in 191 appearances in all competitions.
He will also be remembered by City fans when he scored a last-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011/12 season to secure their first ever Premier League title.