At the 2014 World Cup the Belgian players banked €350,000 each, notwithstanding a relatively disappointing campaign that ended with a quarter-final defeat against Argentina.
Belgium have 22 points from eight games in UEFA qualifying Group H, eight points ahead of second placed Bosnia-Herzegovina with two to play. I had asked the team to win at all costs.
In a match that could have gone either way, Martinez's side struggled to penetrate the hosts in Piraeus until Vertonghen slammed home a long-range effort in the 70th minute to spark off a flurry of action.
"We did not play well, but it was not a question of playing well but winning".
Martinez, however, pointed out that with so much at stake, the result was always going to be the only thing that mattered.
Courtois had to make saves in the first half from Anastasios Donis and Kostas Stafylidis as Belgium failed to make the most of dominating possession and territory. We had to win, in whatever manner we could.
Group A: At Amsterdam: The Netherlands 3 (Propper 7, 80, Robben 67) bt Bulgaria 1 (Kostadinov 69); At Borisov: Belarus 0 lost to Sweden 4 (Forsberg 18, Nyman 24, Berg 57, Granqvist 84-pen); At Toulouse: France 0 drew with Luxembourg 0.