Mbappe to Real Madrid: PSG offer joins list of insane football contract clauses

Mbappe with PSG owner

Paris Saint-Germain look increasingly resigned to the fact that they will lose Kylian Mbappe for free.

After endless speculation and discussion, the French superstar looks set to complete a transfer to Real Madrid ahead of the 2022/23 season, following the expiry of his contract at PSG.

Los Blancos have fought tooth and nail to ensure that Mbappe – already one of the best players in the world at 23 – does not slip through their grasp and does become a Real Madrid player upon becoming a free agent.

And while it has felt like the world’s worst kept secret for some time now that Mbappe would end up at the Santiago Bernabeu, that isn’t to say PSG haven’t tried to keep their exceptional French starlet.

Les Parisiens rejected a bid of around £145.8 million in the summer of 2021 – the same summer that saw Mbappe enter the final 12 months of his deal – and again rejected approaches in January 2022, in a hope that they could convince the three-time Ligue 1 Player of the Year to sign a new deal.

Their most recent offer in an attempt to keep him around, however, is absolutely absurd.

PSG’s mind-blowing Mbappe contract offer

According to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito, PSG tabled an extraordinary offer to Mbappe that would’ve seen him own the club’s sporting project, giving him the power to change the club’s managers, coaches and players.

Yes, you read that correctly. This of course goes alongside an astronomical financial offer, too, if the report is to be believed.

That would surely be the first – and certainly the most high profile – instance of an active player at a club having executive powers over the manager and squad. Mind blowing.

Hearing the news got us at GIVEMESPORT thinking about the slightly less extreme, but just as bizarre clauses that have been rumoured and reportedly inserted into players’ contracts throughout the years.

The strangest contract clauses in football

Dennis Bergkamp – No flying clause

Arsenal’s iconic Dutch creator had a rather specific request upon settling in north London, which proved costly. Bergkamp had a severe fear of flying and lost earnings of up to £100,000 when negotiating because he was adamant that he would not fly due to his fear. It resulted in him missing away games and European trips, but didn’t stop him from becoming one of their finest forwards.

Bergkamp would not fly as per his contract
21 Feb 2001: Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal celebrates opening the scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group C match against Lyon played at Highbury, in London. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport

Luis Suarez – No biting clause

Having developed a reputation for biting opponents at Ajax and Liverpool, and then doing it again at the World Cup to Giorgio Chiellini, Barcelona took action against Suarez’s antics when he signed for the club. A clause in his contract stated that he would be sold if he committed another biting offence, according to reports at least, which president Josep Bartomeu was keen to rubbish.

Stefan Schwarz – Space clause

With the world convinced that commercial space travel would become possible for those that could afford it a few years into the 21st Century, space-obsessed astronaut wannabe and Valencia star Schwarz was banned from travelling into space upon signing for Sunderland in 1999, allowing his contract to be ripped up if he did. Thankfully that never came to fruition.

Schwarz wanted to go to space
21 Jan 2001: Stefan Schwarz of Sunderland blocks Robbie Blake of Bradford City during the FA Carling Premiership match played at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, England. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Tom Shaw /Allsport

Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien – Cooking lessons clause

Despite having already impressed in Germany with Karlsruher, midfielder Guie-Mien expressed his distaste for German food in 1999 when signing for Eintracht Frankfurt. So much so, that he only agreed to sign for the club if they provided his wife with cooking lessons.

Giuseppe Reina – New house clause

Desperate to expand his property portfolio by the sounds of it, Reina requested in 1996 that new club Armenia Bielefield built him a house for every year he played for them. What he didn’t specify was the type of house, and ended up receiving Lego ones instead, which was resolved in court.

Reina didn't get the houses he was after
BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 20: Giuseppe Reina of Berlin takes the ball past Oliver Kahn of Bayern during The Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin BSC and FC Bayern Munich at The Olympic Stadium on March 20, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Matija Nastasic – Adidas boot clause

With his time in Manchester up, Nastasic headed to Germany to sign for Schalke in 2014. Conflict arose, though, when a clause was inserted into his contract that stated he must wear adidas football boots at all times, unless exempt on medical grounds. A Nike sponsored athlete at the time, the Serbian had to find a medical excuse in order to get out of wearing the adidas boots instead.

Stig Inge Bjornebye – No skiing clause

The son of an Olympian skier, Liverpool were wary of Bjornebye’s keen interest in skiing upon signing him in 1992. To protect their investment of £600,000, they inserted a clause that prohibited the Norwegian from being able to ski whenever he went home.

Bjornebye came from a skiing family
12 Dec 1996: Stig Inge Bjornebye of Liverpool in action during an FA Carling Premiership match against Middlesbrough at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the match 4-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/Allsport

Samuel Eto’o – Private jet clause

When Eto’o became the best paid player in the world by signing for sudden financial giants Anzhi Mackhachkala in 2011, he made sure to make the most of the time under contract. With the club based in Dagestan, Eto’o demanded a clause that ensured he travelled to every game via private jet.

Robert Lewandowski – No extreme sports clause

When his contract was up at Borussia Dortmund and the European bidding war began for a young Lewandowski, Real Madrid were jostling for his signature alongside Bayern Munich. But their proposal to the Polish forward leaked, and seemingly had a clause inserted that prohibited him from riding a motorbike, skiing, going on a motorboat, paragliding and climbing.

Real Madrid offered Lewandowski a contract
MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 08: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after he scores his sides first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC at Allianz Arena on August 08, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Lars Bohinen – Carpet clause and the rest

The saying is that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. And boy oh boy did Bohinen ask. In a bid to stay with Nottingham Forest in 1995, the Norwegian midfielder requested that the club replaced the carpet in the house they bought him, because the fluff from it got up his nose.

As well as that was a further 50 or so requests according to then-manager Frank Clarke, which also included finding his wife a job, and six return flights to Oslo every year. He left for Blackburn as a result.

Ronaldinho – Nights out clause

Everybody is aware of Ronaldinho’s love for a party at this point, but Flamengo learned the hard way in 2011. When signing for the Brazilian side, the footballing legend insisted that his contract granted him two nights out per week. He’s a nutter.

Ronaldinho wound down in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 22: Ronaldinho Gaucho of Atletico MG during a match between Botafogo and Atletico MG as part of Brazilian Cup 2013 at Maracana Stadium on August 22, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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