For winning Sunday’s final, FIFA will give France $38 million from its prize fund. But just how much cash will the players earn?
France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 years, defeating Croatia’s team 4-2 on Sunday to take home the soccer tournament’s iconic trophy, lifelong bragging rights and a whole lot of prize money.
But just 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. (Don’t feel too bad for Croatia — its 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.