FIFA has confirmed that it will pay Marcelo’s salary for Real Madrid for the duration of his injury, which was sustained during a training session with Brazil on Monday. The left-back’s injury, a broken fifth metatarsal -- which is expected to keep him out of action for up to three months -- qualifies for FIFA's Club Protection Program, an insurance scheme introduced earlier this year that compensates clubs when their players suffer long-term injuries while away on international duty.
According to La Marca, a player must kept out of action for 28 consecutive days or more in order to qualify for the insurance program. It provides a maximum daily compensation of $28,836, a limit that was set based on its overall $78.4 million budget. The amount of compensation is based on the player’s weekly or monthly wage, including all social security charges.
Marcelo earns $3 million per year after tax, so FIFA will be forced to pay Real Madrid $8,228 per day until he receives the all-clear to play again. Reports suggest he will be on the sidelines for three months, which means the Merengues should receive around $750,000 in compensation from FIFA.