Real Madrid, Barcelona and a host of other Primera Division clubs have received hefty compensation from UEFA for releasing players for international duty.
Due to the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between UEFA and the European Club Association, teams across Europe are now due extensive financial compensation for releasing players for qualifying and finals for the European Championships.
For the 2012 edition, Real Madrid are the Spanish side to have received the highest income for releasing players, granted €2.996,585, whilst Barcelona follow on €2,210,202 for providing their players.
According to the agreement between the clubs and the European head of the game, each team receives an equal amount for each game each of their players participates in during qualifying, whilst each team then receives an equal amount for each day each player attends the finals tournament with their country.
Bayern Munich received the most total compensation in Europe, receiving €3,095,393 for making available their players. A total amount of €100m has been shared out for Euro 2012, between 575 clubs. €40m of that was reserved for clubs releasing players for qualification and €60m reserved for clubs releasing players for the tournament itself. For Euro 2016, a total amount of €150m has been set aside for this scheme.
The amounts received for each La Liga club due compensation are listed below. A number of lower League outfits also received a share of money.
Real Madrid, €2.996,585
Real Zaragoza, €717,385
Athletic Bilbao, €570,965
Atletico Madrid, €299,284
Rayo Vallecano, €41,929
Real Sociedad, €20,964
Real Betis, €4,193