The joy of finally having a player at the World Cup is set to extend to Reading’s bank accounts with FIFA paying several thousands pounds per day for their “contribution to the successful staging” of the tournament in Russia.
Total prize pool money for this scheme amounts to arond £155 million and is awarded to clubs who owned players heading to Russia from the summer of 2016 up to this year’s tournament.
At around £6,250 per day, the maximum a club can get for one player is if they reach the final and have held that player for the past two years, at which point FIFA will pay out an estimated £285,000.
For Reading, that means Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s prize pool will be shared out with Wolves and Kaiserslautern, who sold the striker in August of 2016 and are set for just over £5,000, according to Kicker. Clubs that each man played for most recently are to receive more money, as the payments are weighted.
That isn’t the lowest amount reported however, as Borussia Dortmund sold German defender Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich on July 3 and are in for about £500 as part of this scheme.
Hurtado Finally Pays Off
Peru calling up former Reading winger Paulo Hurtado is also good news for the Royals, GetReading working out that about £60,000 will be heading to Berkshire depending on how far he gets in the tournament.
They also reckon that up to £120,000 should be the minimum amount earned for Bodvarsson’s Iceland reaching Russia, where they kick off their Group D campaign against Argentina on Saturday.
FIFA’s pay-outs for Russia 2018 have increased dramatically from the £50 million dished out between clubs four years ago whereas just £30m was awarded in 2010 when South Africa hosted the tournament.