Earlier this month, it was revealed that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino had missed out on a cool £45,000 by allowing Sadio Mane’s chip to trickle over the line against Stoke City.
Had the Brazil international poked the ball home, he would have been quids in.
Instead, he allowed Mane to score and was widely praised by Liverpool fans for his selfless act.
However, it seems karma has repaid Firmino for his generosity.
Since the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Stoke, the 26-year-old has netted seven goals in seven appearances.
Firmino nets his 15th and 16th goals of season v Swansea
Firmino, who has been in fine form this season, bagged his 15th and 16th goals of the campaign in Liverpool’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Swansea City on Boxing Day.
Firmino netted Liverpool’s second and fourth goals of the evening, helping his employers stay fourth in the Premier League table.
Firmino made a fortune thanks to his brace
And not only did he boost his goals tally for the season with his brace; he also significantly boosted his bank balance.
We all know the ins and outs of Firmino’s contract thanks to Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football.
It was revealed that the South American earns a basic wage of £68,085-a-week, although he can make an additional £1.1 million in bonuses depending on the number of goals he scores.
Per the Mirror, Firmino earned £25,000 for each of his first five goals, £45,000 between six and 10 and £65,000 from 11 onwards.
He will also receive a whopping £85,000 from 16 goals onwards - and this was the goal bonus he activated against the Swans, per South American football writer Rupert Fryer.
No wonder he had such a huge smile on his face when he was subbed off in the 68th minute.
Liverpool fans adore Firmino
Few Liverpool fans would argue that Firmino doesn’t deserve his bonus - if only for that selfless act against the Potters alone.
An increasing number of the Anfield faithful believe Firmino has now cemented his status as the club’s most important player - because of the team’s style of play under Jurgen Klopp - and you can certainly understand that point of view.
Video: Firmino's highlights v Swansea
Whether or not that particular opinion is correct is up for debate. What isn’t, however, is the fact he was superb against Swansea.
Watch his impressive individual highlights from that match here…
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