FIFA Worldcup is one the most watched sports in the world. The popularity of this game is so high that even in a cricket-loving country like India, the excitement of FIFA matches is always at its peaks. The FIFA Worldcup 2018 final between Croatia and France ended yesterday where France became the world champion.
The final was held yesterday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia. The fans all over the world were on the edge of their seats as the two talented teams France and Croatia played the FIFA World Cup Final.
Many people may have been wondering how much cash will players on France's team actually earn from winning the championship? It's not up to FIFA, or even coach Didier Deschamps. The French Football Federation will decide how to distribute the first-place award.
For winning Sunday's final, FIFA will give France $38 million from its prize fund. Croatia team gets to lick its wounds with a cool $28 million. The money comes out of a $400 million pot, according to the Associated Press, which is up 12% from the last World Cup in 2014. In total, FIFA has earmarked $791 million to give to various 2018 World Cup teams for their preparations, players and performances.
The president of the French Federation, Noël Le Graët, has said his athletes will get 30% of the cash they earn. Each player was guaranteed a bonus of €280,000, or about $330,000, for making it to the final, according to BFMTV.
However, one selfless player plans to donate his cut to charity. Kylian Mbappé, a forward, announced last month that he intends to give his $22,000-per-game fee — along with his bonus — to Preiers de Cordees, a sports charity for people with disabilities.
In fact, perhaps the most valuable perk that comes with winning the World Cup is the trophy, which weighs more than 13 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. Designed by an Italian artist in 1974, it's worth up to $20 million, according to USA Today.