- In August 2017, the French wunderkind Kylian Mbappé signed to Paris Saint-Germain for €180 million, or about $US200 million.
- According to an investigation published Wednesday by Der Spiegel, the German publication that first reported on the rape allegations against the soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Mbappé made several outlandish demands during contract negotiations.
- His demands included the use of a private jet at the expense of the Parisian club, Der Spiegel reported.
- While PSG denied the jet request, it reportedly conceded other things, including paying for the player’s personal staff.
When you’re worth €180 million (about $US200 million), there’s little you can’t ask for.
A free private jet, however, is apparently one of those things.
According to an investigation published Wednesday by Der Spiegel, the German publication that first reported on the rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo in early October, the French wunderkind Kylian Mbappé, 19, made several prima donna demands during contract negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.
PSG ended up signing the soccer star from AS Monaco that August for an eye-watering €180 million – the second-most expensive transfer in the sport’s history – but left out some extras.
With other journalists from European Investigative Collaborations, Der Spiegel reviewed documents obtained by the whistleblower platform Football Leaks. The newspaper said they showed a series of high-value demands made by Mbappé, now the most valuable soccer player in Europe.
Mbappé and his father, who acts as his agent, reportedly demanded a €5 million signing bonus and a €50 million salary for the duration of his five-year contract – a sky-high figure that the club accepted.
But other demands they made did not make the cut.
Citing the documents, Der Spiegel reported that the Mbappés stipulated that if Kylian were to win the Ballon d’Or, the highly coveted award given to the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, he wanted to automatically become the highest-paid player on the PSG payroll.
Furthermore, they asked that he be able to use a private jet for 50 hours a year at the club’s expense.
PSG refused both requests but did, however, agree to pay €30,000 a month for the player’s personal staff, including a caretaker, a bodyguard, and a driver, according to the report.
Der Spiegel reported that the biggest beneficiary of the deal was AS Monaco’s owner, the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. But the club has firmly denied the notion that its owner received any personal compensation for the transfer.
Mbappé’s reported demands may seem a far cry from his roots in the banlieues of Paris, but the young player has, importantly, been involved in charitable work.
After Mbappé blew the lid off the World Cup this summer, French news outlets reported that the star had waived his winnings from the tournament, estimated to be about $US500,000, deciding to donate them to a charity he is deeply involved in that offers sporting opportunities to children who are hospitalized or have disabilities.
“He’s a great person,” the charity’s general manager told Le Parisien at the time of Mbappé. “When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure.”
The general manager added: “I sometimes even feel that he takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves.”
Mbappé’s humility also shone through during the tournament. The Brazilian soccer legend Pelé tweeted, “If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again…” – praise to which the wunderkind replied, “The king will always remain king.”
For now, at least, it seems Mbappé’s wages are being well-earned and well-spent.