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Morocco hit biggest jackpot in African football history, to get more than Italy got as 2006 champions




Even if the party ends at the semi-final stage of the World Cup for Morocco, the Atlas Lions have already hit the biggest football prize money any African team ever dreamt of.

Their worst classification at the Qatar 2022 will be the losing of the third-place match which will rank the team as the fourth.

The prize money for the fourh place is $25 million. In Nigerian currency, this is N11,111,750,000.

Morocco reaching the semifinals in Qatar has seen the team earn more than the 2006 World Cup winner, Italy  received. 

Never in football history has any African team hit such a cash prize. Even then, that is the minimum that Morocco’s good run so far has fetched them.


They can even dream bigger and the purse can be bigger.

Should they overcome France on Wednesday, they can be in the frame to win the biggest prize in football, a $42 million jackpot. Should they lose the final, Morocco will get $30 million.

In the event they lose to France in the semi-finals and win the third place duel, Morocco will win $27 million.

2022 FinishPrize money (USD)
Group stage$9m
Round of 16$13m
Fourth place$25m
Third place$27m

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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