SYDNEY - A Saudi prince has offered Al-Hilal players and team officials a bonus of $26,000 each if they can beat Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers and win the Asian Champions League this weekend.
The 13-times Saudi and twice Asian champions lost the first leg 1-0 in Sydney last weekend but will be in for a bumper payday if they can overturn the deficit at the King Fahd Stadium on Saturday.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is worth $21.5 billion according to Forbes, made the offer of 100,000 Riyals (about $26,650) a man in a tweet just before last Saturday's first leg kicked off.
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The Saudi royal also said he would be paying for free entry for all fans of the club for Saturday's second leg in Riyadh, where a crowd in excess of 65,000 is expected. Fourteen Wanderers fans have travelled from Australia for the match.
According to the prince's website (www.alwaleed.com.sa), the Al-Hilal players received bonuses of 20,000 Riyals for reaching the ACL quarter-finals and another of 40,000 Riyals for winning the first leg of their ACL semi-final against Al Ain 3-0.
He flew them to the Emirati city for the second leg in his private jet and gifts the already wealthy club 2.5 million Riyals per season.
In 2007, Al-Hilal signed a sponsorship deal with Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily worth 200 million Riyals ($53.31 million) over five years.Wanderers, by contrast, must work within a salary cap of A$2.55 million ($2.26 million) this season under A-League rules.
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