The Wanda money will help fund the spending promises that Infantino made before his election last month, when FIFA Coins officials warned voters of a $550 million shortfall in projected revenue through 2018."It will certainly help quite a lot to bridge that potential hole,"

Infantino said Friday, after chairing his first executive committee meeting over two days.On Thursday, FIFA committed to pay $517 million more to national, regional and continental soccer bodies in money pledged by Infantino over the next two years.FIFA also upgraded its revenue forecast by $1.2 billion to $5.66 billion for a four-year commercial cycle tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Wanda Group is not the first World Cup sponsor from China. Energy company Yingli Solar was a second-tier sponsor for the 2014 tournament in

Brazil.Last December, online retail giant Alibaba sponsored FIFA's annual Club World Cup tournament through its car manufacturing subsidiary.On Thursday, FIFA said it banked only $224 million last year from seven World Cup sponsors. That left 27 of the available slots to be filled for two-tournament deals covering 2018 in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Wanda Group was the first of those 27, with others expected to follow."There will be some more positive news to announce in the coming weeks," Infantino said, describing potential new sponsors as a "wind of change" for FIFA.Regarding his own FIFA deal, the former UEFA general secretary said his salary was not yet finalized. It is expected to be less than his predecessor, who FIFA confirmed on Thursday got a $3 million base salary in 2015 in a total pay package of $3.76 million."This was not my priority," the 45-year-old Infantino said.