The FIFA World Cup 2018 revenues have made the football clubs, who released their players for the quadrennial event earlier this year, richer by ₹209 million. This is a whopping 200% jump over the figures for the previous edition.
The world governing body for football, FIFA has confirmed the payments under the Club Benefits Programme. FIFA will share $209 million with 416 clubs across 63 member associations. The amount to be paid to the clubs on account of their players’ participation in the FIFA World Cup is 200% higher than the clubs’ share from the 2014 finals in Brazil.
English Premier League club Manchester City and Spanish LaLiga outfit Real Madrid will be the two highest paid clubs, receiving $5m and $4.8m, respectively. The other clubs in the top 10 are Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United; LaLiga teams Barcelona and Atlético Madrid; French Ligue 1 outfits Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco; and Italian Serie A champion Juventus.
Substantial amounts will also go to clubs from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Al Ahly (Egypt), Al-Hilal FC and Al-Ahli FC (Saudi Arabia), CF Pachuca (Mexico), CA Boca Juniors (Argentina), FC Copenhagen (Denmark), Celtic FC (Scotland), RSC Anderlecht (Belgium), AFC Ajax and Feyenoord Rotterdam (Netherlands) are all set to receive over $ 1 million each.
The Club Benefits Programme is part of a broader collaboration agreement between FIFA and the European Club Association, which was first launched ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and further extended in 2015 to cover both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™.