Barcelona were reportedly paid to play Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez together in 2017, it has been revealed.
The Spanish giants received the reward after signing a contract ahead of their pre-season tour in the United States.
One of terms Barcelona had agreed with Relevent Sports was for just showing up in the Champions Cup match. According to Spiegel , Barcelona was given $3.25million for every appearance.
For their game against Manchester United , a bonus of $750,000 was paid.
Barcelona then played Real Madrid and were awarded an extra $6.5m. Combined with their game against United, the Spanish giants had made almost $14m in one week.
However, there were some stipulations, Relevent Sports included a clause in the deal punishing Barca if they did not play Messi, Neymar and Suarez in the pre-season El Clasico.
At that time, the three forwards made up what was arguably the best attacking trio in world football.
Capitalising on this, a clause was inserted into the deal which showed that if Messi did not play for at least 45 minutes Barcelona’s income would be cut by $750,000.
For Neymar the amount was $600,000, while the figure for Suarez was $450,000.
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If all three forwards failed to play the game, then $2m would be taken off the total sum.