Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer to Juventus may have delighted fans in Turin, but the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy also had a smile on their faces when the deal was announced as Real Madrid will receive 2.25 million euros of the 90m euro fee.
Thanks to FIFA’s training compensation mechanism, Real Madrid are entitled to 2.5% of the transfer given that 5% of the fee must be distributed proportionally among the clubs to have trained the player between the ages of 12 and 23. World football’s governing body outlines the breakdown of that reserved 5% in Article 21 of its ‘Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ document.
Each club that owned a player between the ages of 12 and 15 receives 0.25% of the fee for each of those years, while 0.5% of the fee is given to a club for each season they trained the player between the ages of 16 and 23.
Since Los Blancos had the Argentine on their books between the ages of 19 and 23, they are due 2.5% of the Serie A record fee, which is 2.25m euros, the payment of which is the responsibility of Juventus.
“The club with which the player is registered is responsible for paying training compensation within 30 days of registration to every club with which the player has previously been registered and that has contributed to his training starting from the season of his 12th birthday,” states FIFA’s regulations. As such, the Turin outfit must contact Real Madrid in the coming days to organise the payment, although the two clubs may already be talking anyway regarding the future of Paul Pogba.
Madrid will receive the money next month. FIFA rules state that these amounts must be paid to trainer clubs in the 30 days following registration of the player or, in the case of partial payments, 30 days after the date of such payments.