Claudio Ranieri's genius goes well beyond the tactics board with the Italian set to become one of the biggest beneficiaries of Leicester City's expected title triumph.
The Foxes need just three more points to secure the Premier League trophy and could do so as early as Sunday when they travel to Manchester United.
Having been 5,000/1 to finish first at the beginning of the season, the achievement will go down as one of the biggest shocks in sporting history.
But, according to the Daily Mail, Ranieri may not be as surprised as you might assume. That is because he insisted on having a bonus clause in his contract in the instance that Leicester won the title, to the tune of £5million.
Upon hearing his demand last summer, Leicester's Thai owners would not have been too concerned. They were more concerned with avoiding relegation and offered the former Chelsea boss incentives that met that target. Indeed, Ranieri also has another clause in his contract that sees him earn £100,000 per each finishing position from 17th and above.
So, if Leicester manage to seal the title, Ranieri will make £1.7m from that clause as well as the added bonus of the £5m. With a basic wage of £1.5m-a-season, it would take his earnings for the season beyond £8m, putting him among the league's highest-paid managers.
'They made a mistake'
While Ranieri has not confirmed the size of the bonus clause in his contract, he did at least confirm that he will get the bumper pay cheque upon lifting the crown-topped trophy.
He was recently asked whether the Leicester players would receive bonuses for winning the title and replied: "I don't know if there is a clause (for players) and I don't tell you. They made a mistake if they didn't arrange it. I considered if I win the league."
Having originally been branded an "uninspired" choice by Gary Lineker, Ranieri is now one of the most sought-after managers in Europe with plenty of interest emerging from abroad, including the Italian FA.
But the 64-year-old is certainly in the twilight of his career and has already confirmed that he is ready to stay at the King Power Stadium for the rest of his managerial days. Unsurprisingly, talks over a new contract are planned with the owners in the summer.
Ranieri recently said: "I am happy here and do not think about a change. I think Leicester will be my last stop. I hope they give me a long contract, so about six or seven years. And then I finish my career here."
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