€10m on the line – Napoli stars’ added incentive to beat Barcelona

An insight into the considerable financial bonus potentially awaiting Napoli’s stars, in the case of getting the better of Barcelona later tonight, has been forthcoming online.

Francesco Calzona’s troops, of course, will put their European campaign on the line on Tuesday evening.

After battling to a 1-1 home stalemate in the first leg of the Champions League Last-16 tie between the clubs, Napoli have made the trip to Catalunya, for a make-or-break return leg showdown with La Liga giants Barca.

And yet, if the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, sporting merit is not all that is on the line for the Partenopei’s stars at Montjuïc.

In addition, the Italian champions’ squad has been informed of a significant financial incentive for sending their upcoming opponents packing from the Champions League.

As per a report from Mundo Deportivo, citing Italian outlet the Corriere dello Sport, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has promised Calzona’s players a €10 million bonus, if they manage to qualify for the 2025 Club World Cup.

At present, the Neapolitans trail Juventus in the race to join Inter Milan as the Serie A representatives at the showpiece.

However, should they get the better of Barcelona, Napoli will keep their hopes of both overtaking Juve, and securing a major payday, very much alive.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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