Last season, Leicester City won the Premier League Title in an unexpected upset. For their efforts, each of the 19 remaining players (four left to other teams this season) have received a very special bonus from the team’s owner. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of Leicester City FC, just recently purchased each of the remaining 19 players their very own BMW i8.
That’s right, each of the 19 players received their own brand new BMW i8. That’s nearly $2.7 million in cars given out to the title-winning players. Admittedly, that’s not too much for Srivaddhanaprabha, as he’s worth around $3.3 billion, making him the 4th richest man in Thailand. Still, forking over $2.7 million in cars to players is a large sum of money.
Each player’s car is painted in Protonic Blue paint, as it matches the team’s uniform color. The BMW i8 packs a 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor that develops a combined power output of 357 hp. It’s capable of 0-60 mph in as low as 3.6 seconds and can return a combined 76 MPGe, as per the EPA. So it’s an incredibly fast supercar while also being incredibly efficient. And it’s pure EV mode, which allows for up to 15 miles of electric range, makes it an ideal city car heavily emissions-restricted European cities. It also looks flipping amazing.
I’m not positive, but this could be the single greatest bonus for an employee ever. Not only did the players get BMW i8s, but they also go an $8.5 million bonus fund to split up evenly. That’s about an extra $447,000 each, on top of an amazing car. It’s a good time to be a Leicester City player. Really sucks for the four players who decided to join different clubs before this season.