Barcelona Is Set To Profit From Lionel Messi’s World Cup Appearance Despite His Departure To PSG

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Barcelona will continue to profit from Lionel Messi’s departure in the summer of 2021, with a portion of the £8,130 daily fee FIFA pays clubs for players to compete in the World Cup.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

A contract between FIFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA) requires FIFA to pay teams for each day of player involvement.

Messi may have left the Nou Camp in 2021, but any club the player has played for since 2020 will share in the money teams will receive from FIFA.

According to estimates made by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo as a result of the arrangement, cash-strapped Barcelona will be responsible for about £2,800 per day of the former captain’s salary.

As he (Messi) is ready to compete in his second World Cup final, Lionel Messi won’t be overly concerned about Barcelona’s financial compensation.

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Lionel Messi was happy after reaching the FIFA World Cup final

Although he has stated that Qatar will be his final World Cup attendance, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be trying to improve on his 2014 runners-up finish in Brazil.

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Lionel Messi was the star player when Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 on Tuesday 13th of December 2022, at the Lusail Stadium to advance to his second World Cup final in eight years.

France that defeated Morocco 2-0 on Wednesday 14th of December 2022, at the Al Bayt Stadium, Lionel Scaloni’s team will take on the defending champions, France on Sunday 18th of December.

According to Antoine Griezmann, the Argentinian national hero has so far been the competition’s best player. Teammate Emiliano Martinez even wants him to continue to captain the squad at the 2026 World Cup.

As a result of the bulk of their present players falling short of their countries’ expectations in the World Cup, Barcelona are expected to get £3.3 million in total from their players competing in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Lionel Messi in action for Argentina in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar

On the other hand, With 16 players participating, Manchester City is due for £4.5 million from FIFA, while Manchester United and Chelsea will receive £2.9 million and £2.46 million, respectively.

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Bitter Barcelona rivals Real Madrid, are anticipated to get a little higher sum roughly £3.63 million. Note that Real Madrid’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga will feature for France in the final match on Sunday.

Lionel Messi, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is not the only former Barcelona player to reach the final, Griezmann of Atlético Madrid will play for France in the final.

While Jules Kounde, and Ousmane Dembele, all current Blaugrana players, will compete against Messi for France on Sunday.

Other players Barcelona is set to gain profit on;

The Netherlands’ team for the tournament included Luuk de Jong, who spent the previous season on loan at Barcelona, while Martin Braithwaite was called up by Denmark months after leaving FC Barcelona for RCD Espanyol.

Sergino Dest and Abde Ezzalzouli, who are on loan at AC Milan and Osasuna, are the final two players that generated income for Barcelona via their participation in Qatar World Cup.

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No other Barcelona player advanced past the quarterfinals; players like Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay (the Netherlands), and Raphinha (Brazil) only advanced as far as the quarter-finals, while Robert Lewandowski (Poland) was eliminated in the round of 16.

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona in the UCL during his time at the club

The club also lost seven of its best players, including Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and teenage stars Pedri, Gavi, and Ansu Fati, in the first round of the competition when Spain lost to Morocco on penalties.

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