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Thomas Meunier’s tweet about PSG players being paid to ‘applaud fans’

The money in football seems to get more ludicrous by the month.

Paris Saint-Germain’s £198m capture of Neymar from Barcelona seemed to be a catalyst in how players were valued in the market.

The transfer shattered the previous record of £89m, which Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016.

PSG also brought in Kylian Mbappe for around £160m that same summer and transfer fees have never really been the same since.

There has also been revelations this week about how PSG players are paid.

Football Leaks have stated that members of the Ligue 1 champions squad are paid to applaud the supporters after the game.

It was reported that Neymar earned around €375,000 per month for doing so.

The Brazilian has since dismissed those claims and PSG right-back Thomas Meunier has now tweeted his thoughts on the matter.

Twitter user @viangendries wrote: “Nothing surprises me in this medium but still… a financial bonus to go greet the supporters… this is beyond mind. @PSG_inside It just makes you want to… how to say…”

Meunier then replied by saying: “If I may say so… This amount is called “ethical premium” and includes a lot of obligations of the player towards the club and its supporters as well as to the player himself (professionalism, respect for others, etc.). We are very far from a bounty of applause… #fakebuzz.”

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