By Shaquile Goff
Rabat – After the excitement of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA has finally paid out the clubs of players that participated. The organization pays out money from revenue gained during the international soccer competition. This year, British club Manchester City received the highest payment from FIFA, at $5 million. Real Madrid and Tottenham followed, with each team netting 4.4 million and 4.8 respectively.
FIFA paid 736 players across 416 clubs around the world for their time. In Morocco, Renaissance Berkane received the highest amount of money at $171,922.50. Ittihad Tangier, Racing, and Wydad also received money, according to local media. In addition to payments for the 2018 World Cup, part of FIFA’s $209 million payment to clubs is to secure the release of players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The payment system, called the “Club Benefits Program” was started during the 2010 World Cup with a $70 million fund. It grew with each sequential World Cup to its current total of $209 Million, a 200 percent increase from the 2014 cup, according to the FIFA website. Players participating in the system are paid more the longer they can remain in the competition.
Arguably the world’s biggest sporting competition, analysts predicted the 2018 World Cup would bring at least $6 billion in revenue to FIFA. In the past FIFA was criticized for raking in large sums of money, while host countries paid immense construction bills, and participating teams received no compensation.
Thus, FIFA is now spreading the wealth and FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino remarked: “so many different regions will benefit from this programme, which will help to develop football even further around the globe.”