It’s usually the case that a goal is good news for your team, but Anthony Martial’s next effort for Manchester United will cost his employers €10 million (£8.5 million).
That’s not the going rate for a single Martial goal, rather, it’s due to one of a number of add-on clauses in the Frenchman’s contract, and one of them is about to be cashed in.
Martial scored his 24th goal for United in a 2-0 home win against Watford during a decent display from the forward, but that means his next will take him to 25, activating a tidy bonus for his previous club, Monaco.
You’d hope that goal might be a winner in the Manchester derby, rather than the fourth in a 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win at Blackburn, wouldn’t you?
Martial has taken his chance: one goal, one assist. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Showed fight and desire. Brilliant performance.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 11, 2017
As for the remaining two clauses, Martial remains 10 caps away from 25 senior France games – and you’d expect him to achieve that in the next 12 months or so.
Meanwhile, who’s to say when the 21-year-old might be shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or award? He won the Golden Boy award in 2015, but what we do know if he ever does achieve it, that’s another €10 million in the bank for Monaco.
All in all he could cost United £60 million – worth it for a 25 goal, 25 cap, Ballon d’Or nominated striker? Perhaps.