Fuellkrug’s big-money header

Germany's Niclas Fuellkrug.

FRANKFURT: Niclas Fuellkrug’s goal in second-half stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw for Germany against Switzerland at Euro 2024 was celebrated wildly by his teammates. They had 50,000 reasons to do so.

They each pocketed a €50,000 (RM252,400) bonus for topping their group, German media reported.

The hosts were a goal down to Switzerland in their last Group A game on Sunday, a result that would have seen the Swiss top the group and the Germans finish in second spot.

But Fuellkrug’s late towering header reversed those positions, securing the sizeable bonus, with the promise of more to come.

Several media outlets close to the German FA (DFB) reported on Monday that the players would have received no bonus had they qualified in second place.

They now stand to earn €100,000 (RM504,700) if they win in the last 16, another €150,000 (RM757,100) if they make the semi-finals, and €250,000 (RM1.3mil) should they make the final.

Needless to say, Fuellkrug, who has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances since making his international debut at the age of 29, would prefer to win the whole tournament – and pocket a cool €400,000 (RM2mil) each in the process, according to reports. — Reuters

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