According to Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona are reportedly going to be given a potential financial boost in the form of FIFA’s Benefits Program, which will end up providing the Catalans with a sum of around €3.88 million due to the participation of the club’s players in the World Cup in Qatar.
Barcelona are set to receive this amount on the basis of the 17 players that they sent to Qatar, as well as reportedly earning revenue from the participation of some other players as well who were a part of the Catalan outfit at some point over the last two years; second half of 2020/2021, 2021/2022 and 2022/2023. This latter group of players having been termed as a special case scenario.
Despite initially sending a total of 17 players, as priorly mentioned, only two Barcelona players remain in the competition, Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde, both of whom will be pitted against Argentina in the final itself coming up to clash it out for the FIFA World Cup title.
In the case of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who was a part of the Blaugrana outfit in the 2020/2021 season, Barcelona are reportedly set to receive a total of around €3,256 for each day he spent in Qatar. In complete calculative numbers, 36 is the total number of days FIFA will be counting when it comes to addressing the per day payout in question, with 29 of those days reserved for the World Cup itself, 6 for the training phase for the tournament and 1 day for his departure as well, bringing the total to €117,216.
Other names that Barcelona are also reportedly going to be compensated for are Antoine Griezmann (€146,520), Martin Braithwaite (€117,216), Sergino Dest (€119,658), Luuk de Jong (€65,934), Abde Ezzalzouli (€85,470) and Dani Alves (€43,956).
As it stands, Barcelona are set for a complicated January transfer window, one in which despite having some clear targets they are yet to be guaranteed by Financial Fairplay if they are financially even capable of acquiring these targets according to Fairplay rulings, thus any form of revenue that the Catalans generate or influx of finances they recieve may just prove to be helpful.