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Greece Turn Down World Cup Bonus, Insist Money Is Used to Build New Training Centre

A rare case of footballers not grasping for cash.

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Cameroon’s national team almost went on strike on the eve of the World Cup, demanding payment of World Cup bonuses before they’d step on their plane to Brazil.

Ghana threatened to not fulfill their final fixture of their group stage if they didn’t receive the money they felt they deserved, this led to a plane flying in with the requisite $3m being flown in and unedifying images of players kissing large sums of money as though they were loved ones.

The next day Ghana suspended duo Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng and Ghana duly crashed out of the World Cup.

It’s nice then to hear a positive news story pertaining to World Cup footballers and money and it’s been reported that Greece have provided just such a story.

The entire squad opted against taking their bonuses for reaching the last 16 of the World Cup and instead asked the funds to be used to build a new training complex.

In a way it’s a shame that stories of this nature are something of a surprise rather than the norm, but the Greek side still deserve a great deal of credit for such a move.

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