City's bumper bonus! Stars given 6.2m pot after thrilling title triumph
09:13 GMT, 31 July 2012
Manchester City players were given a bumper 6.2million bumper bonus between them following their Premier League title win in May… and they could have doubled it had they triumphed in Europe, too.
The financial reward was agreed before the campaign after another massive transfer splurge left the Arab-backed club favourite for glory.
Bonus payments are allowed under Football Association rules, but any sweeteners must be agreed before a ball is kicked.
No wonder they're happy: Manchester City were rewarded handsomely for their Premier League triumph, which they secured in the final minute of the final game of the season
In the report in the Indepdent, it is revealed that Sergio Aguero's title-clinching stoppage-time goal at the Etihad Stadium on the final day boosted the squad's coffers by 1.5million.
Had they finished as low as fourth, City's players would have split 'just' 3.7m, provided that secured a place in Europe's premiere competition.
On the continent, City were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage despite earning 10 points from a tough group which included eventual finalists Bayern Munich.
However they received no special purse as any bonus was dependent on reaching the knockout stages of the competition.
The Independent revealed payments were made pro-rata with a basic calculation over the league season dictating that one league appearance was worth 11,472. Joe Hart was the only City player who played in all 38 league games, earning him 446,212.
Those who made just one appearance – Owen Hargreaves, Nedum Onuoha and Abdul Razak – were also entitled to a lump sum.