As the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comes to an end today, Sunday, December 18th, a whopping $440 million is the prize money for participating teams at the global tournament.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
32 teams from various countries across the globe were featured in the tournament.
There are 13 countries from Europe, five African teams, four North American countries, four countries from South America, and six countries from Asia.
The teams that exited the World Cup at the group stage – Qatar, Ecuador, Wales, Iran, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Tunisia, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Serbia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uruguay – all earned $9 million each
The teams that made it through to the round of 16 – USA, Senegal, Australia, Poland, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, and South Korea – all earned $13 million each
While those that reached the quarter-finals -Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, England – earned $17 million each.
Fourth-place team Morocco earned $25 million
Third-placed team Croatia earned $27 million
The runner-up between Argentina and France will earn $30 million, while the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner will earn $42 million.
This is an increase of $40m compared to the 2018 tournament.
According to reports, before 2006, World Cup-winning teams never pocketed more than $10m, with 1982 champions Italy walking away with an estimated $2.2m for their efforts.
Reports further say in 2002, there was a big push from national teams for FIFA to increase the prize money on offer.
Below are the prize monies won from 1982 up until 2022;
Year Prize money (USD)
In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that the Ebonyi State Government has approved the sum of N111 billion for indigenes to celebrate Christmas and also named the new Olympic stadium in Abakaliki, after the late military head of state, Sani Abacha.
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