Rafael van der Vaart once was the proud owner of one of the weirdest contract clauses we’ve ever seen after it was revealed he was paid an astonishing amount of money to simply not wear red boots.
We’ve all heard of modern footballers being paid truckloads of cash for playing in a specific type of sports kit but van der Vaart is the first athlete we’ve heard of that raked it in by not actually wearing anything.
The deal dates back to 2015 when the former Spurs midfielder moved to La Liga side Real Betis from Hamburg.
According to whistle blowers at Football Leaks, via the Mirror, van der Vaart was asked to refrain from wearing red cleats during his time at the club because red is the colour of bitter rivals Sevilla, and in exchange he was paid €114,429 for every month he adhered.
The former Dutch international stayed for 14 months, meaning he earned €1,602,006 in total before moving on to FC Midtylland in Denmark earlier this year.
Not wearing red?! The money in modern football is absolutely insane!
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