8 Insane Contract Clauses in Football

Mudeet Arora
Neymar and Suarez had some intriguing contract clauses for their respective clubs.
Neymar and Suarez had some intriguing contract clauses for their respective clubs. / Power Sport Images/Getty Images

Players and their contract clauses have always been in discussion since transfers were glorified at the turn of the millenium.

With big players being linked with moves away from their clubs every season, there are selling clubs who ensure that they do everything in their power to either hold on to their star player or earn maximum by selling them.

This led to some clubs come up with some bizarre ideas as contract clauses, thus exempting them from the risk of losing their star players as cheap transfers.

Here's a look at some of the most crazy contract clauses in football.....

1) Neymar:

When Neymar signed for Barcelona, the Catalan giants knew that he would become homesick and would want to visit Brazil from time to time, so instead, they agreed in his contract to pay an all exclusive visit from his family and group of friends from Brazil every 14 days till the time he stays at the club.

2) Radamel Falcao:

When Manchester United signed Falcao, they inserted a clause in his contract stating that if he has a relapse of his knee problem, United should be authorised to terminate his loan without any financial penalty.

3) Keisuke Honda:

When Japan legend Keisuke Honda signed for Brazilian side Botafogo, he joined them only on the condition that he will be allowed to roam in an armoured vehicle with guns as he feared for his safety in the football crazy locality with a high crime rate.

4) Dennis Bergkamp:

Bergkamp was incredibly scared to fly in planes and therefore missed a lot of away games for Arsenal. He could do that because he had that aspect of his fear inserted in his contract with the club that he will not be forced to fly to games for the Gunners.

5) Samuel Eto'o:

Eto'o made a move to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and was handed out a huge contract that made him the world's highest paid player at the that time. The Cameroonian was handed a private jet because he wanted to live in Moscow rather than Makhachkala, two cities which were 1,000 miles apart. So, Eto'o used to fly from one end of Russia to another daily.

6) Luis Suarez:

After being involved in biting incidents towards players in his stints at Ajax, Liverpool and Uruguay, FC Barcelona wanted to have none of it when the signed Suarez. They therefore went ahead and included a 'no biting' clause in his contract which meant that he would be sold if any such incident occurs while him being a Barcelona player.

7) Ronaldinho:

Ronaldinho was known for his partying lifestyle outside of football and when he went back to Brazil in 2011 to sign for Flamengo, he wanted to enjoy life along with playing the game. Therefore, he ensured that he included a "two nights-out" a week clause in his Flamengo contract.

8) Roberto Firmino:

Firmino has an anti-Arsenal clause in his Liverpool contract that prohibits him from speaking to or joining the North London club till the time he is a Red.

When Liverpool signed Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim in 2015, they included a €98million release clause “if the interested club is not Arsenal."