Mario Balotelli was given a £1m bonus by Liverpool for not being sent off more than three times in a season, according to reports.
The 26-year-old signed for the Reds in August 2014 but scored just four goals in 28 appearances before being shipped out on loan to AC Milan the following season.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Balotelli’s contract featured a number of a series of incentives aimed at making him behave “in a manner befitting of a Liverpool player”.
BALOTELLI’S LIVERPOOL DISCIPLINARY RECORD
Appearances: 16 (six as substitute)
Fouls per game: 1.8
Yellow cards: 5
Red cards: 0
Premier League statistics only
His paperwork reportedly stated: “If during each season of the term of this contract the player is not dismissed from the field of play on three or more occasions for violent conduct, spitting at an opponent or any other person, for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures and/or for dissent by word or action… then on the 30th June at the end of each season he shall receive a bonus payment of £1m.
Balotelli picked up seven yellow cards during the 2014-15 season and, after spending the following campaign in Serie A, saw his time at Anfield come to an end by being sold to French club Nice.
Liverpool offloaded Balotelli to Ligue 1 leaders Nice in the summer and he has enjoyed happier times after taking a substantial pay-cut.
Balotelli has seven goals in nine appearances in the French top flight and the Europa League this season.