Barcelona are set to receive € 3.88 million (£3.35m) after 23 current and former players appeared at the World Cup in Qatar – including Lionel Messi.
The Argentina captain, 35, left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021. As per an agreement with the European Club Association (ECA), FIFA must pay clubs $10,000 (£8.13k) per day for the release of each player competing at the tournament in Qatar.
Yet this figure will be divided between every club each player has represented between August 2020 and the present. As such, Barcelona are owed a chunk of the money accrued by Messi’s participation in the World Cup, which will end with the final on Sunday.
Barcelona are owed around £2,800 of Messi’s daily rate. They will also pocket the total amount from current stars Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele reaching the final with France.
The other Barcelona players to appear in Qatar are Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Robert Lewandowski, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Eric Garcia, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba, Ansu Fati, Pedri and Raphinha.