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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:
Modified 28 Apr 2016, 22:54 IST
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Over the years, transfers have gone on to become more and more professional with proper clauses and other related specifications being jotted down at the concluding stage of each and every successful buy and sale in the world of football.

You surely must have heard of innumerable transfer clauses that were proposed and signed upon by a certain football club and/or an individual player in order to take care of their respective individual interests.

From Paul Pogba’s ‘infamous’ clause at Juventus which stated that PSG had to pay an additional £8 million on an already stipulated £55 million release clause to Cristiano Ronaldo’s £1 billion buy-out clause at Real Madrid, football has, undoubtedly, seen it all.

On that note, there have been a number of instances in world football where a club or a footballer had gone a tad too far with their clauses.

We now present to you a list of the five most bizarre football clauses that you could ever come across:

1) The ‘No Bite’ clause:

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal

Luis Suarez’s ‘No Bite’ clause is, perhaps, one of the most well-known clauses in the history of world football. Although, when you talk about Luis Suarez you would expect a clause on a related line but at the same time, in an era where people expect the footballers to carry themselves more graciously on the field, the inclusion of this kind of a clause is actually quite unfortunate.

When the 29-year-old Uruguay international had signed for Barcelona in 2014, he had already earned a ‘reputation’ for himself. Suarez had come off a fresh controversy while involved the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini during a Uruguay-Italy encounter at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that was held in Brazil.


The former Liverpool man had, previously, bitten Otman Bakkal during his stint at Ajax. Not only that, Suarez had also bitten Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during his tenure with the Reds.

Therefore, it was not a surprise when Barcelona added a ‘No Bite’ Clause when they signed the 29-year-old centre-forward from the Anfield-based club.

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Published 28 Apr 2016, 19:35 IST
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