Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez, President and General Manager of Real Madrid respectively, lunched with club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos to explain the new bonus policy at Spanish giants that would see each player receive half a million euros if they win the Champions League.
The informal meeting took place in a Madrid restaurant with the two executives setting out the details of the incentive plan with a spectacular increase in the amounts available for a Champions League win. Last season the players would have pocketed 360,000 euros had they won the Continent's premier football trophy. Whilst improbable, given Barcelona's commanding lead, were Real Madrid to win the League this season each player would rake in 300,000 euros.
The emphasis is therefore clearly on the European competition. Real Madrid have failed to win the trophy since 15 May 2002.