FIFA To Award Brasileiro Club Corinthians $5M For Club World Cup Title
Brasileiro club Corinthians will see "its coffers even more full" after winning the FIFA Club World Cup, according to IG. After beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final, the club from São Paulo will receive R$10.5M ($5M) from FIFA. After paying the players and coaching staffs' bonuses, the club will "keep close to" R$6M ($2.9M). Corinthians President Mario Gobbi said that each starter during the championship will receive R$180,000 ($86,000). Finalists Chelsea will receive R$8.3M ($4M) from football's governing body while third place finishers Monterrey will go home with R$5.2M ($2.5M) (IG, 12/17). GLOBO reported former Brazil President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva posted a message on Facebook to congratulate Corinthians. Lula wrote, "Parabéns ao Corinthians pela conquista do bicampeonato do Mundial de Clubes! #vaicorinthians" ("Congratulations to Corinthians for its second Club World Cup title! #gocorinthians") (GLOBO, 12/17).