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PSG team to net ‘€1m for Champions League title’

If the players of PSG didn’t already have enough motivation to win the club’s first Champions League title, they certainly do now. Reports in France say each player will be rewarded with a €1 million ($1.4 million) bonus if they bring the trophy to Paris.

PSG team to net '€1m for Champions League title'
"Let's dream bigger" is the moto of PSG as they aim to win the Champions League. If they do, then the players will net a €1 million bonus. Photo:AFP

The pockets of the mega-rich Qatari owners of the French club PSG appear bottomless.

Such is their desire to win their first Champions League trophy, the owner, QSI (Qatar Sports Investments' are offering an eye-watering €1-million bonus to each player if they manage to triumph in the final in Lisbon on May 24th.

That would represent the biggest bonuses ever paid out in the history of football, L'Equipe claimed.

The previous highest bonuses handed out were in the region of €800,000 (£667,000, $1.1m) that Bayern Munich players pocketed for their Champions League triumph last season as well as winning the German title and German Cup.

With a squad of 25 players for the Champions League, the club's president Nasser al Khelaifi could be looking at a total payout of around €25 million, although it is not clear whether only first team regulars would qualify for the €1 million jackpot.

According to French sports daily L'Équipe, PSG’s star striker, the Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, negotiated the bonus with Khelaifi.

Ibrahimovic is clearly not short of cash after he was listed in the world’s top five richest players this week.

To put that in perspective the windfall up for grabs for PSG’s players, including Uruguayan Edinson Cavani and Brazil’s Thiago Silva, is double that on the table for the players of Spanish giant’s Real Madrid.

PSG’s players are however no strangers to receiving big bonuses.

Last year the team, which then included England’s David Beckham were handed €240,000 for getting to the quarter finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by Barcelona.

They also pocketed €400,000 each for winning the league, which PSG look likely to do again this year after building up an eight-point lead over fellow mega-rich club Monaco.

PSG’s Qatari owners are desperate to see the Paris club join Europe’s elite like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

One thing that would no doubt thrust the club into the big time is winning the Champions League.

The draw for the quarter finals takes place on Friday with Barcelona, Real Madrid as well as the English teams Chelsea and Manchester United as potential opponents.

“We are once again in the top eight European teams,” said Khelaifi. “There are still some big teams left in the competition. We will look to go as far as possible.”

The team go into Friday's quarter-final draw (11h00 GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland along with Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Real, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.

First-leg ties are set for April 1 and 2 with the return fixtures one week later.

Marseille remain the only French club to win the Champions League when they defeated AC Milan 1-0 in 1993.

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OPINION: Mbappé’s title, but PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project

After being the star of France's 2018 World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappé has been the standout player for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 title-winning campaign that has been slightly marred by the manner in which they limped over the line.

OPINION: Mbappé's title, but PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project
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PSG finally wrapped up the title on Sunday after second-placed Lille failed to beat Toulouse, having not won any of their previous three games when the opportunity to confirm a sixth French crown in seven seasons was there.

The Qatari-owned club can still make it a domestic double, with the French Cup final to come against Rennes next weekend, yet this will not be remembered as a vintage year.

While Neymar once again went missing due to injury at the crucial point, Edinson Cavani has struggled with fitness too, and coach Thomas Tuchel has regularly lashed out at the lack of depth in his squad.

The 5-1 capitulation at Lille a week ago was the worst league result for PSG since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011, and the first time they had let in five in a league game since 2000.

A record-breaking 14-match winning run with which they started the season now seems like a long time ago, the latest Champions League failure clouding Tuchel's first campaign in charge.

Mbappé, at least, has been a constant, revelling in his status as a World Cup winner and hardly ever being rested. He only turned 20 in December, but has now won three Ligue 1 titles in a row.

Mbappé has 36 goals in 40 games this season, with 30 in the league. And, frighteningly, his team-mate Daniel Alves told RMC recently that “he doesn't realise how good he is, he can go much further”.

He is also not used to losing, and may have upset some of his teammates with his assessment of last week's defeat at Lille. “We played like beginners,” he said.

Hollow ring

To be fair, they have usually been exceptional domestically. However, the problem is that as long as they keep failing in the Champions League, domestic success for a club backed by a Gulf state will continue to ring hollow.

The title has effectively been in the bag for some time, but their season has been winding down ever since their exit against Manchester United in the last 16.

That, combined with being knocked out in the League Cup quarter-finals, means Tuchel in his first season has actually done worse than Unai Emery, his unloved predecessor.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has actually done worse than his predecessor, Unai Emery
However, according to sports daily L'Equipe, Tuchel has agreed to extend his contract to 2021. Thoughts have already turned to the future, with new signings needed at the Parc des Princes.

The costly Neymar experiment cannot be said to have succeeded until he stays fit for the games that matter, and there will always be speculation about his future.

“We have a contract, we're not even halfway through that contract,” Neymar's father pointed out to RMC Sport.

Time for a clear-out? 

Mbappé is the one man they really cannot afford to lose, but is it time for a clear-out elsewhere?

Some of the excitement of the early part of the decade has gone, replaced with a staleness. The days of Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti are maybe ending.

Youri Djorkaeff, a World Cup winner for France and a PSG star in the 1990s, offers a frank assessment, suggesting real change is needed higher up.

“If you're not great in every compartment, from the bus driver to the girls who clean the shirts, you will go nowhere,” he told Ligue 1 Podcast, 'Le Beau Jeu'.

“Paris Saint-Germain, after many years without success, have to rebuild everything, restart from scratch, because the foundations are not good. You cannot expect to one day win the Champions League without these foundations.”

The Qatar project needs a breath of fresh air, and all eyes will be on president Nasser al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique.

UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules remain a problem, though, with PSG said to have a hole of around 100 million euros and the need to present a balanced budget by the end of June. The next few months will be interesting.

By Andy Scott/AFP

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