Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has never been far from controversy.
Since joining Chelsea in 2004, the Special One has paid out a whopping £304,000 in fines (when you add another £16k fine from the FA today) over the course his time in England – which includes his two stints in charge of the Blues and his current club Manchester United.
Mourinho’s charge sheet features a £75,000 rap on the knuckles for the transfer of Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge in 2005, a £50,000 pay out after saying referees were “afraid” to give Chelsea penalties last season and another £50k fine earlier this month because of comments he made about ref Anthony Taylor before his United outfit travelled to Anfield to meet Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho – The record breaker… pic.twitter.com/yEZOYX0Ttm
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 28, 2016
It now looks like the Portuguese gaffer will be emptying his wallet again following an incident in last weekend’s draw with West Ham. Mourinho was sent to the stands for drawing a kick on a water bottle in frustration when star signing Paul Pogba was given a yellow car for simulation – he’s now waiting to see if a charge (and another fine) will be in the post.
Given the amount he’s had to shell out over the years, we’ve decided to look at five high quality Premier League performers you could have bought with the dosh Mourinho’s handed over.
Joe Hart – £100,000
Yes, in 2006 England’s number one was snapped up by moneybags Man City for just £100,000 from lowly Shrewsbury Town.
The fee was initial reported that the fee was £600,000 for Hart, rising to £1.5m. However, in a later interview with the City chairman at the time John Wardle, he confirmed that The Shrews were bartered down to a measly £100k.
— ForzaItalianFootball (@SerieAFFC) November 5, 2016
So you could have had three Joe Hart’s for Mourinho’s indiscretions or 101,334 bottles of Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo!
Seamus Coleman – £60,000
Possibly the best bargain of the lot – Everton truly mugged off Sligo Rovers when they took Coleman across the Irish Sea for just a reported £60k price tag in 2009.
That fee has risen a little over the years thanks to the Donegal man’s glittering international career, but that’s still unbelievable deal for the Republic of Ireland captain and the player widely regarded as the best right back in the Premier League.
Mourinho largest fine of 75k would have purchased Coleman with a nice chunk of change to spare! No wondering fans of the Toffees have a chant about the deal!
Kolo Toure – £150,000
Besides partly inspiring one of the most memorable football chants of all time, it’s often forgotten that Kolo Touré was bought for almost pittance in 2002 when Arsene Wenger brought him to Highbury for only £150k from Ivorian outfit ASEC Mimosas.
He’d go on to make 225 appearances for the Gunners, costed just £667 per match or about the price of 148 official Chelsea Mourinho masks per game which you can still buy on Amazon if you will.
Gareth Barry – £150,000
One of the Premier League greatest servants in history, Gareth Barry notched up his 800th senior outing in Everton’s weekend loss to Southampton.
Gareth Barry plays the 800th game of his career for club and country (Aston Villa 440, Man City 175, Everton 132, England 53) pic.twitter.com/iyB7RVTi3b
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 27, 2016
However, his journey in England’s top division began in 1997 when he was purchased by Aston Villa from Brighton for £150k.
19 years later, he’s still mixing it at the top level and you’d have still had £154,000 to spare if you had the Mourinho cash in your back pocket.
Lull in the game – lets remind you that Gareth Barry has played 7 million times in the Premier League.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 27, 2016
Lucas Radebe – £250,000
Radebe arrived at Leeds United from the wonderfully titled Kaiser Chiefs (yes, that was the inspiration for the band’s name) for quarter of a million pounds in 1994 and go on to be one of the most beloved players the club ever had.
‘The Chief, as he was known to Leeds fans, lead the Whites to the Champions League and appeared over 200 times for them.
Using the Mourinho infraction money, you’d have been able to buy Radebe and 2,701 tickets to see the Kaiser Chiefs in concert on top of it. We love their song Ruby (obvs)!