The rhapsody of lifting the FIFA World Cup and the honour and prestige associated with it is unfathomable. It defies any other emotion for footballers, who grow up dreaming of winning the World Cup for their nation.

France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s ‘electrifying’ Luzhniki stadium to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years – they last won the World Cup trophy in 1998 when they had their golden generation of trailblazers in their squad with the likes of legendary players Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry leading the team.

‘Les Blues’ have received a whopping 38 million USD, which is approximately 255 Crores in Indian rupees.

5-time Ballon’Dor (World’s best footballer of the year title)  winner Lionel Messi, who has won it all with his boyhood Club, FC Barcelona, is still longing to get his hands on the 18-carat gold trophy and is willing to trade his accolades at Catalan club to win something big for his nation, Argentina.

“Winning the World Cup is a huge personal challenge for me, for the group [of players Argentina have] and for the country, who have the same dreams as us,” he told El Trece. “It’s a nice responsibility to represent a whole country at a World Cup.

“I would swap a title with Barcelona for one with the national team. While I want to win things again with my club, I want to win something with the national team.

“I know it would be special for what it means, to be [world] champions with Argentina would be different to everything, it would be something unique.”

The emotions associated with the World Cup lasts a lifetime, but it will not be the only thing the participating teams will look to play for this summer. The lucrative prize money which is distributed across all the participating teams’ increases with progression out of each round and fosters an extra boost. There is an additional prize money for teams that qualify from the group stages and then from the next round and so on, and so forth, till the final round (The Grand Finale).

The FIFA confirmed that there will be a 40 per cent increase in overall distribution of prize money this year as compared to the 2014 World Cup.

As approved by the FIFA Council at its meeting in Kolkata on 27 October 2017, the total contributions for the participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will amount to USD 791 million, up 40 per cent compared to the previous edition in 2014. From this total, the biggest share –USD 400 million (as opposed to 358 million in 2014)- will be paid as prize money to be distributed among the 32 participating teams. (FIFA Official Website).

In the 2014 World Cup, Germany, the winners, engrossed 35 million USD, this year the amount has been increased to 38 million USD (Rupees 288 crores approx.). However, the teams who will face group stage exits will be subjected to 8 million USD (Rupees 53 Crores), which would be the same as 2014.

The info-graph table showcases the performance-based prize money distribution at each stage this year (2018) as compared to the 2014 World Cup:

(Comparison by Statistics portal : Statista)

(Comparison by Statistics Portal : Statista)

Most footballers representing their countries in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 are under contract from various clubs across the world and will be most likely to miss out on the pre-season matches and training; Particularly players from those nations which would progress to the later stages of the tournament. The rigorous training regime and matches in the World Cup could also result in fatigue of several star players which impacts the club’s performance for the upcoming 2018-19 season. FIFA has thus allotted 209 million USD as a part of the ‘Club Benefit Programme’ to all the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In addition to this, there has also been another 134 million USD earmarked for the Club Protection Programme (CPP), by which clubs are compensated for losses incurred due to players being injured while on international duty.

These extravagant numbers also highlights the issue of gender disparity in sports, the FIFA Women’s World Cup prize money distribution has been vastly lower; read more on the subject here –

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FIFA Women's World Cup prize money compared to Men's World Cup prize money. (graph courtesy : Atlas)

FIFA Women’s World Cup prize money compared to Men’s World Cup prize money. (Graph courtesy : Atlas)

ICC Cricket World Cup vs FIFA World Cup Prize Money Comparison:

The debate over which sport engrosses a better prize money should be put to rest after this elaborate comparison.
Performance-based prize money breakdown in Cricket World Cup 2015 compared to upcoming FIFA world Cup:

 

 

ICC Cricket World Cup Vs FIFA World Cup Prize Money

ICC Cricket World Cup Vs FIFA World Cup Prize Money (Note: Amount in crores are rounded off to approximate figures)

We can ascertain that FIFA distributes approximately 10 times more funds than the ICC, which is a whopping figure!

Although, the economy across the globe has undergone significant changes since the ICC 2015 Cricket world Cup and pertaining to that the figures are subject to some changes, the FIFA prize money distribution figures aren’t very different from what the teams received in 2014, which is still vastly higher than the ICC Cricket World Cup prize money. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup prize money, just like football, amounts to $2 million.

Engrossing the highest viewership in sports broadcast with over 3.9 billion viewers as opposed to ICC World Cup’s 2.2 billion, it is no surprise that FIFA accumulates such high funds.