Real Madrid is rumored to operate with a distinct payment system compared to other football clubs, diverging from the common practice of weekly or monthly pay.
According to former Republic of Ireland international Andy Townsend, players at Real Madrid receive their wages only twice a year, a unique approach in the football world. This unusual practice has been associated with renowned players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazario, David Beckham, Luis Figo, and Jude Bellingham, all of whom experienced this biannual payment system.
Townsend, citing information from Michael Owen, who played at Real Madrid in the 2004/05 season, highlighted the significance of making a positive impression early on, as players anticipate substantial payments in December and mid-year. Despite the passing years, some fans remain curious about whether this payment structure persists at Real Madrid in light of subsequent developments, since Owen’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu.