Football – and especially the FIFA World Cup – is all about money. Cash is what decides whether or not you get to host the tournament, whether you can sponsor it, or even whether or not your players are going to be excited about playing in the king of all competitions. Because patriotism is nice, but it can’t buy you a Ferrari.
Doble Amarilla shared that the President of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA), Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia, held a meeting with the captain of the selection and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi. They had what was reportedly a “friendly” meeting to define the different payments and potential bonuses which might be made available to the selection after the World Cup.
Firstly, it has been negotiated that all the debts the Federation might have with the players (probably regarding some flight tickets which weren’t paid) will be reimbursed. This measure, along with all the others, will affect the 23 players, regardless of whether or not they will play a single minute during the competition. Second, each player on the roster will be paid US $10,000 for any single match; this will increase if they move forward in the competition. On top of that, FIFA also promised a bonus of US $38 million for the World Cup champion team.
Messi and Tapia negotiated that in the (likely?) event of an Argentine victory to the competition, US $19 million will be divided among the 23 players; the other half will go to the staff and the Argentine institutions, such as the AFA. Additionally, more bonuses were pending, and some players could receive around US $1,000,000 if the team is victorious.
Finally, important to note as it will impact some Argentine clubs, FIFA will compensate all clubs for which athletes normally play, as they lose money without their main stars during the competition (despite the fact that no other football games are played during the World Cup).
The international association will thus pay each club a cool US $8,530 for every player… each day of the tournament. This measure, adopted in 2010, will cost FIFA a total US $209 million, but is essential in guaranteeing cooperation from all professional clubs; each year, they gain a power far superior to the international federations.