World Cup 2022: Manchester City set for £4.5m in FIFA compensation – report

Julian Alvarez of Argentina during the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-final between Argentina and Croatia on 13 December, 2022 in Lusail, Qatar
(Image credit: Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Manchester City (opens in new tab) are reportedly in line to receive £4.5m from FIFA for their players' World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) performances.

FIFA will distribute £169m to clubs around the world, with the amounts paid based upon how many players they had at the tournament and how far into it they got.

According to The Times (opens in new tab), City will be handed almost twice as much as any other Premier League club.

In fact, the only other teams in the league expected to get more than £2m, never mind £4m, are Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham (the only others with 10 or more players at the World Cup).

City sent a Premier League-high 16 players to Qatar – and one should be involved in the final: Julian Alvarez (pictured), who's looking to help Argentina (opens in new tab) beat France (opens in new tab) to lift the trophy for a third time.

The 22-year-old forward – appearing at his first World Cup – has scored four goals so far, putting him one behind the two Golden Boot leaders: talismanic teammate Lionel Messi and the man the Albiceleste will need to stop on Sunday, Kylian Mbappe.

Across the Argentine and French squads, there are another eight players who play their domestic football in the English top flight: for Argentina, Spurs' Cristian Romero, Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister, Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez and Manchester United's Lisandro Martinez; for France, Spurs' Hugo Lloris, Manchester United's Raphael Varane, Arsenal's William Saliba, West Ham's Alphonse Areola and Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...