Paris Saint-Germain players will reportedly earn €450,000 (£370,000) each if they knock Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Travelling to Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 aggregate lead after the quarter-final first leg, Laurent Blanc's players are said to be fighting for financial incentives, according to Le Parisien, reported by 101 Great Goals.
This isn't a unique situation for the Ligue 1 leaders. PSG players also made a total of €250,000 each for reaching the knockout stages and beating Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16, while the money men behind the club's advancement have also ensured domestic matters will be covered, including potentially winning the division and beating Monaco in the French Cup final.
Will PSG advance to the Champions League semi-finals?
Le Parisien's report confirms PSG players can earn up to €1.45 million each in bonuses if they continue to be successful this season. A total of 22 individuals have played for the capital-based side this year, per WhoScored.com, meaning €31.9 million could be spent if each is rewarded.
Comparing the €450,000 on offer during Tuesday's Champions League tie to other sports, PSG's players must be pinching themselves. Adam Molon of CNBC reported each member of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks team received $92,000 for their exploits (roughly €671,000) for a historic campaign's work.
To receive nearly two thirds of that across two matches appears excessive. Even so, this pales in comparison to the $6 million cheque the Dubai World Cup winner lands in horse racing, the $8.2 million payout received for a World Series of Poker win or $10 million individual prize landed in golf's FedEx Cup, detailed by Forbes.
Still, €450,000 for 180 minutes' work? It's not a bad couple of days' work.
PSG head into the Stamford Bridge tie as favourites, despite the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reported by John Drayton of the Daily Mail. Edinson Cavani is more than equipped to lead the line without his teammate, noted by Tom Williams of the Associated Press:
Stat in L'Equipe - minutes per goal for Edinson Cavani when playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 199. And when playing without him: 43.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) April 7, 2014
Ezequiel Lavezzi's early strike provided the French club with an early initiative in the opening match. Eden Hazard's equalising penalty offered Chelsea a route back into the game, but PSG deservedly took the win via a David Luiz own goal and fantastic solo effort from Javier Pastore.
Chelsea's away strike could be key. A 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho's men will see them through to the next round, but the sooner PSG score, the more likely they are to land the bonus. Chelsea must win by three clear goals if their opponents net anything higher than one, ensuring their is little room for error.
Overlooking the added financial security offered to PSG's squad, a place in the Champions League semi-final would be a true marker of how quickly the team is progressing. Excessive funds have been spent, but an instant return is never guaranteed, as noted by Manchester City's latest demise from the competition.
Blanc takes his team to England knowing a solid performance should be enough. Chelsea are formidable on their own patch—losing only to Basel across all competitions at Stamford Bridge this season, per WhoScored.com—suggesting a classic could ensue.
PSG certainly have work to do if they are to land their extortionate bonus, but right now, it seems likely each player will leave West London needing to reinforce their wallets.