Are players paid to be at the World Cup? The stars arrive in Qatar for a flagship tournament


Winning the World Cup is often considered the most fabulous prize in a footballer’s career.

But for the players, just taking part in Qatar 2022 should be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

England players donate World Cup fees to charity
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Are players paid to be at the World Cup?

In short, yes, but not as much as the Premier League wages they receive playing for Manchester United and Chelsea.

Each nation has different match fees, with Kylian Mbappe donating his £17,000 salary after every match for France in 2018.

England players benefit from both standard match fees and a competition bonus system that triggers new payouts based on tournament depth.

The FA paid £2,500 for every game a player started at the 2014 World Cup, with the rest of the unused squad pocketing £1,500.

Four years later in Russia, England could earn £5m in bonuses if they won the World Cup – £215,000 per man – on top of the £29m they would have collected.

Are players paid to be at the World Cup? The stars arrive in Qatar for a flagship tournament
Mbappe donates salary he receives to play for France
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England players also receive financial rewards when not taking part in major competitions.

The Three Lions are demanding around £1,500 for a winning international qualifier, £1,000 for a draw and £500 for a loss.

However, England players have donated all of their appearance fees to the charity England Footballers Foundation since 2007.

EFF has raised over £5m over the past 15 years.

Former FA chief executive Martin Glenn said in 2017: “I am absolutely outraged by the suggestion that players when they play for England don’t really care because it doesn’t look like nothing in my experience.

“They don’t take a dime in match fees, they give it to charity.”

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Are players paid to be at the World Cup? The stars arrive in Qatar for a flagship tournament

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