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Barcelona could benefit greatly from Real Madrid’s stance on FIFA Club World Cup

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Barcelona missed out on qualification for the revamped FIFA Club World Cup 2025 after their elimination from the UEFA Champions League this past season.

The Club World Cup is set to introduce a new format that consists of as many as 32 teams from across the globe.

Europe was given 12 slots in the competition four of which will be taken up by the winners of the last four winners of the UEFA Champions League.

The remaining eight teams would qualify based on the club ranking over the four-year period. PSG, Inter Milan, Porto, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and RB Salzburg were the teams that made it through this route.

Barça lost their spot to Atletico Madrid and as a result missed out on the possibility of €150 million in revenue that they could earn from the tournament.

Door open for Barcelona?

However, earlier today, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed that they would be turning down the invite to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2025.

Los Blancos qualified for the competition by virtue of their Champions League win but Ancelotti has claimed that they do not intend to take part.

Real Madrid’s rejection, though, could open the doors for Barcelona to enter the FIFA Club World Cup, as per SPORT.

Indeed, should Real Madrid decide not to participate in the competition, Barça would be the next in line to take up the vacant position based on UEFA co-efficient ranking.

If in case this scenario materialises, it can be a very lucrative proposition for Barcelona. After all, going all the way to the United States for the Club World Cup next year could mean €150 million in revenue.

Official figures are not yet available, but participation in the tournament is estimated to be worth $53.8 million (€50 million), with the winner receiving double that amount.

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