FIFA Report shows football clubs spent $500m in fees to agents in 2020

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FIFA said in a report published on Wednesday that football clubs spent $500.8 million in fees to agents in 2020, more than in the previous year, despite a drop in spending on transfers.

FIFA said that club spending on transfer fees shrank for the second year in a row, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that “this decrease did not carry over to spending on intermediary service fees, which remained on the same level as in 2020 and even slightly increased by 0.7%.”

European clubs accounted for 95.8% of the total spent on ‘intermediary service fees’, with clubs from England ($133.3m), Germany ($84.3m), Italy ($73.5m), Spain ($34.8m), France ($30.3m) and Portugal ($29.3m) responsible for 77% of the total sum worldwide.