Bundesliga just behind Premier League

    FC Bayern is releasing 16 players for the 2022 World Cup – worldwide only FC Barcelona is ahead of the German record champions with 17 professionals playing in Qatar due to the injury-related replacement of Alejandro Balde (19). This is also noticeable for Munich in terms of income. Overall, the world governing body FIFA is paying out around 280 million euros to 398 relegated clubs – for the group stage Bayern will receive around 2.8 million guaranteed. Until Senegal’s Sadio Mané pulled out due to injury, FCB also had 17 professionals in Qatar.

    Top 20: Clubs with the most releases for the 2022 World Cup

    Liverpool FC | 7 abandoned players | Total value: €345 million

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    Average market value: €49.29 million
    Most valuable player: Trent Alexander-Arnold (€70m, England)

    Club Brugge | 8 abandoned players | Total value: €79.6 million

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    Average market value: €9.95 million
    Most valuable player: Andreas Skov Olsen (€20m, Denmark)

    Rennes FC | 8 abandoned players | Total value: €97.5 million

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    Average market value: €12.19 million
    Most valuable player: Lovro Majer (€22m, Croatia)

    Brighton & Hove Albion | 8 abandoned players | Total value: €176 million

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    Average market value: €22 million
    Most valuable player: Moisés Caicedo (€38m, Ecuador)

    Sevilla FC | 10 abandoned players | Total value: €95 million

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    Average market value: €9.5 million
    Most valuable player: Bono (€15m, Morocco)

    Arsenal | 10 abandoned players | Total value: €446 million

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    Average market value: €44.6 million
    Most valuable player: Bukayo Saka (€90m, England)

    Ajax Amsterdam | 11 retired players | Total value: €181.25 million

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    Average market value: €16.48 million
    Most valuable player: Jurrien Timber (€45m, Netherlands)

    Juventus | 11 retired players | Total value: €247.5 million

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    Average market value: €22.5 million
    Most valuable player: Dušan Vlahović (€80m, Serbia)

    Borussia Dortmund | 11 retired players | Total value: €356.5 million

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    Average market value: €32.41 million
    Most valuable player: Jude Bellingham (€100m, England)

    Tottenham Hotspur | 11 retired players | Total value: €432 million

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    Average market value: €39.27 million
    Most valuable player: Harry Kane (€90m, England)

    Paris Saint Germain | 11 retired players | Total value: €597 million

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    Average market value: €54.27 million
    Most valuable player: Kylian Mbappé (€160m, France)

    Al Hilal Saudi FC | 12 retired players | Total value: €11.5 million

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    Average market value: €958 thousand
    Most valuable player: Salem Al-Dawsari (€1.8m, Saudi Arabia)

    Atlético Madrid | 12 retired players | Total value: €324.5 million

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    Average market value: €25.86 million
    Most valuable player: João Félix (€50m, Portugal)

    Chelsea FC | 12 retired players | Total value: €432.5 million

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    Average market value: €36.04 million
    Most valuable player: Mason Mount (€75m, England)

    Madrid | 13 retired players | Total value: €685.5 million

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    Average market value: €52.73 million
    Most valuable player: Vinicius Junior (€120m, Brazil)

    Manchester United | 14 retired players | Total value: €525 million

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    Average market value: €37.5 million
    Most valuable players: Bruno Fernandes & Antony (€75m each, Portugal/Brazil)

    Al Sadd SC | 15 retired players | Total value: €11.5 million

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    Average market value: €765 thousand
    Most valuable player: Akram Afif (€4m, Qatar)

    Bayern Munich | 16 retired players | Total value: €784 million

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    Average market value: €49.00 million
    Most valuable player: Jamal Musiala (€100m, Germany)

    Manchester City | 16 retired players | Total value: €855 million

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    Average market value: €53.44 million
    Most valuable player: Phil Foden (€110m, England)

    FC Barcelona | 17 retired players | Total value: €723 million

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    Average market value: €44.25 million
    Most valuable player: Pedri (€100m, Spain)

    FIFA pays around 10,000 euros for each day that a player takes part in the World Cup finals between 20 November and 18 December and the official preparation phase – a total of 174,000 euros per player during the group phase. Clubs are involved in which the players have been active in the past two years – in the case of Mario Götze, for example, in addition to Eintracht Frankfurt, PSV Eindhoven also benefits from this.

    For the round of 16 there is an additional 38,600 euros for each player, for the quarter-finals 57,900 euros, from the semi-finals another 38,600 euros and for the final another 48,230 per player. In terms of leagues, the 18 Bundesliga clubs, with a guaranteed €21.4 million, are in second place behind the clubs in the English Premier League, which collect significantly more at €39.8 million.

    Depending on the rankings at the tournament, there is also prize money from the national associations for the professionals and from FIFA to the associations. There have been demands from fan and human rights organizations that these bonuses go to the many harmed guest workers in Qatar and their families. The DFB had announced that they would “take this seriously” and “wanted to enter into dialogue with the fans, but also referred to FIFA’s clear responsibility”. National player Antonio Rüdiger, among others, had already independently announced that he wanted to donate his bonus to Sierra Leone, his mother’s home country. A fund of 440 million euros had also been requested – this was rejected by Qatar.

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