— FIFA is set to pay-out £157 million in compensation to all clubs who released players for the World Cup.

— The Premier League will receive one fifth of the total £157 million pay-out as the highest recipient across the World Leagues from England reaching the Semi-Finals. 

— London and Berlin, 13th July 2018 – Research from Berlin-based communications specialists Tonka reveals all compensation pay-outs that FIFA´s World Cup Benefits Program will make to clubs whose players have been released to participate in the World Cup :

  • Manchester City is the top recipient out of 384 clubs with an expected £3.9 million pay-out. Real Madrid is in second place, set to receive £3.85 million.
  • Chelsea FC is third with £3.5 million.
  • Four of the top ten clubs receiving pay-outs are Premier League clubs
  • In total the Premier League will draw the highest windfall of any other League at £30.75 million.


In addition to Manchester City and Chelsea FC, the top ten club pay-outs include Tottenham Hotspurs in fourth place receiving £3.4 million and Manchester United in seventh, receiving  receiving d a£2.96 million.

The Premier League receives over 62% more than World Cup Finalists France and is the FIFA´s highest pay-out of all world leagues::

  • The Spanish La Liga is second in the league rankings but will only receive just over half of the Premier League fee at £16.49 million.
  • The German Bundesliga is in third place with £14.02 million
  • Italian Serie A will receive 13.87 million.
  • DDespite being World Cup Finalists the French Ligue 1 will only pocket around £11.53 million.

Players will also earn pay-outs for their former clubs:
The former clubs of the World Cup players are also entitled to receive payouts if the players were under contract from 2016 onwards. Chelsea’s former players will earn the clubapproximately £270,000, the highest fee out of any other Premier League club.

  • Fiorentina will see its income rise significantly due to this clause receiving around 486,300.
  • French superstar Mbappé earns Monaco second place and a pay-out of around £430.400, from. Last season Mbappé  went on loan to Paris Saint-Germain and since 1st July he has been under contract at the French capital’s club.
  • Barcelona is in third place with around £309,800.


All payout calculations for all clubs and divisions can be found at: https://www.tonka-pr.com/en/blog/fifa-compensations/


Press contact : Lukas von Zittwitz lukas.v.zittwitz@tonka-pr.com






How research results were calculated

  • FIFA pays £6,460 per day for each player released for the World Cup. The payments started on 31st May and will end one day after the last game of the team.

N.B: If a World Cup player has changed clubs since 2016, the former club(s) will receive a share of the payout. This also applies to transfers in progress. If a player changes clubs during the winter transfer period the total sum will be divided again and paid to the respective clubs.

  • If a player changed clubs during the winter transfer period 2016/17 the former club receives a sixth of the total payout and the current club will receive five sixths of the total sum.
  • If a player changed clubs during the winter transfer period 2017/18 both clubs share to receive 50% of the payout.
  • For players who changed clubs during the season, a day rate is calculated and each club receives compensation for the time the player has spent at each club. 

About Tonka
Tonka Communications (tonka-pr.com/en) is a communications and PR specialist with global reach and a particular focus on the UK, DACH and the Spanish-speaking regions. We are headquartered in Berlin Moabit, the German capital’s creative hub, with partners based across the world. Our senior specialists have worked for businesses from SMEs right through to large multinationals. We bring traditional PR into the modern world by adapting to fundamentally different media requirements, using digital channels to the full and employing data to create powerful stories for our clients.