Spain may have sneaked past minnows Equatorial Guinea in a 2-1 friendly win on Saturday but the real winner of the night was the hosts’ scorer Jimmy Bermudez.
The 25-year-old Colombian-born defender headed an unlikely equaliser, following Santi Cazorla’s opener, after 38 minutes and pocketed a cool £42,000 bonus in the process.
According to reports in Spain, the cash incentive had put on the table by an Equatorial Guinea official who had offered to pay the fee if any home player could find the net against the reigning world champions.
The look on Bermudez face after scoring said it all as he wheeled away holding his head in his hands in sheer disbelief.
The amount may not have been so huge for the Spanish superstars he was playing against but works out at roughly a year’s salary for Bermudez, who plies his trade for LDU Loja.
Juanfran ensured the visitors avoided embarrassment with the winner just before half-time but it wasn’t about to spoil Bermudez’s lucrative evening’s work.