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Manchester City receive highest payment from FIFA for World Cup

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Manchester City received more payments than any other club from Fifa for releasing players for last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

City received $4.6m from Fifa’s total of $209m in payments to clubs, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain next on the list.

The payments were made according to the number of days each of the 837 players involved had spent at the tournament, which was staged between 20 November and 18 December.

Fifa says the overall sum represented a payment of $10,950 per day for every player.

President Gianni Infantino has confirmed the figure will rise for the 2026 and 2030 editions of the tournament, which will be expanded from 32 to 48 countries.

“Following the renewal of the memorandum of understanding with the European Clubs’ Association, the amount redistributed to clubs will further increase from $209m for the 2018 and 2022 editions to $355m for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments, recognising yet again the importance of the role played by clubs,” he said.

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