FIFA are set to pay Real Madrid defender Marcelo’s salary for the duration of his injury, according to Marca.
The Brazilian fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during training with the national team last weekend and his club will take advantage of the Club Protection Programme set up in May this year.
Under the scheme, FIFA will compensate clubs for players who suffer injury while away on international duty, with those unable to call on their players for 28 days or more benefitting from the initiative.
The amount of compensation is calculated according to the player’s fixed salary, including all social security payments, and with Marcelo earning a reported €2.3m a year after tax it is set to cost FIFA around €6,300 for every day he is sidelined.
Los Blancos are still waiting to hear a definite date for Marcelo’s return, yet should this total the predicted three months then Madrid can expect to be reimbursed to the tune of an estimated €574,000.
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