[2010 WORLD CUP] For the first time, FIFA reimbursed clubs for the use of their players during the World Cup, handing out $40 million to clubs whose players took part in last year’s World Cup.
The biggest payout of $866,267 went to Barcelona, followed by Bayern Munich ($778,667) Chelsea ($762,667), Liverpool ($695,600) and Real Madrid ($678,133).
European clubs recived $5,992,533 between them. Clubs in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France ranked 1-5.
Clubs in the United States (MLS and NASL) received $423,000, putting the USA 23rd on the list of payments.
A club’s share was calculated by multiplying the number of players they had at the World Cup by the number of days each player was on World Cup duty. This period started two weeks before the opening match of the final competition, up until the day after his national team was eliminated.
A player's club was determined by which club he was on at the time of the World Cup and over the previous two seasons, meaning three shares, so to speak, were calculated for each player.
The money doesn't compensate clubs for injuries to players on World Cup duty.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben returned injured from the tournament in South Africa. The Dutchman has yet to play for the Bavarian club this season.