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Becoming FIFA champions is surely worth celebrating, especially with all that prize money

July 17, 2014 1:50 by

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the FIFA World Cup Finals to become 2014 Champions.

The winning goal, scored by Mario Gotze during extra time, gave the Germans reason to celebrate for the next four years.

While some may argue that the title itself is reward enough, the money, surely, also helps.

The German national team will be the recipients of $35 million, in addition to one per cent of the overall revenue from this year’s World Cup.

Second-placed Argentina will take home $25 million, while the Netherlands can expect $20 million for third place and Brazil $18 million for fourth.

But that’s not to say that the other participants returned home empty handed.

Teams eliminated in the Group Stage took home $8 million each, while the Round of 16 losers returned with an additional $1 million.

Those eliminated in the Quarter Finals took home $14 million each.

That is certainly quite a lot of cash; prize money for all the teams’ amounts to $425 million.

According to FIFA, the money will be sent to each country’s football federation, and it is ultimately the federation’s decision on where and how the money is spent. In addition, FIFA created a pool of approximately $70 million to distribute to football clubs who have sent players to the competition. This equates to $2,800 per day per player.

While all of this may seem like an outrageous sum of money, it is just a tiny drop in the ocean when we realize that FIFA made $4.5 billion throughout the 2014 World Cup.

A winning goal, indeed.

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