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SUPER EAGLES TO GET $8 MILLION WORLD CUP PRIZE MONEY …LAST 4 MINUTES OF ARGENTINA MATCH COST NIGERIA $4 MILLION

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

With the World Cup 2018 closing this Sunday, FIFA has come up with the financial earnings of each of the 32 teams that participated.

From the distribution of the total $400 million prize money, the Super Eagles will get $8 million as one of the 16 teams that did not cross the group stage hurdle.

With the increase in the money at stake, the Super Eagles will be getting the same amount that accrued to them four years ago when they got to the Round of 16.

For this year, the eight teams that failed at the Round of 16 will each be getting $12 million. Thus, the cost of the last four minutes of the game with Argentina cost Nigeria a loss of $4 million.

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Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo laments the misuse of the last four minutes of the game with Argentina which cost the team a loss of $4 million as additional earnings.

Argentina, Colombia, Japan among the eight teams that failed at Round of 16 will be getting S12 million while Brazil and the other teams that were eliminated at the quarter final stage will each get $16 million.

England who lost to Belgium in the third place will get $22 million for their efforts while Belgium get $22 million.

The winner of the final encounter between France and Croatia will get 38 million, which is $3 million more than what Germany got as Brazil 2014 champions.

The losing team in the Sunday final match will get $28 million.

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WORLD CUP MONEY SHARING FORMULA

Position Prize money 2014 FWC
USD million
Prize money 2018 FWC
USD million
Per team Total Per team Total
Champions 35 35 38 38
Runners-up 25 25 28 28
Third place 22 22 24 24
Fourth place 20 20 22 22
5th-8th place 14 56 16 64
9th-16th place 9 72 12 96
17th-32nd place 8 128 8 128
Total   358   400

 

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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