5 most bizarre clauses footballers have had in their contracts

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Neymar Junior after signing a contract with the Catalan club (Image source: fcbarcelona.com)

4) The ’20 Minutes’ clause:

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after scoring against Bournemouth AFC

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t quite started a lot of matches for Arsenal since he signed for the Gunners from Southampton in 2011 and it seems that there is, in fact, a proper reason behind it.

The 22-year-old England international who has featured in 100 league games for Arsenal, had made 33 appearances for the Gunners back in the 2012-13 season out of which he was on the pitch for 20 minutes or less on 13 occasions.

This was because of the fact that one of the clauses of his Arsenal contract stated that the Emirates-based club had to pay Chamberlain’s former club, Southampton an additional £10,000 every time the 22-year-old England midfielder had stayed on the field for 20 minutes or more.

This clause explains the reason why Arsene Wenger introduced Chamberlain around the 71st-minute mark for the most of the 2012-13 season. Although, Wenger’s tactic didn’t help the North London club much in terms of finances as the Gunners had to eventually cough up over £200,000 in the form of additional payments to the Saints in the 2012-13 season alone.

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