How much prize money did Argentina, led by Messi, get for winning the FIFA World Cup?

For the Qatar World Cup, FIFA has allocated $440 million, a $40m increase from the 2018 edition. In the 2014 Brazil World Cup, $358m was up for grabs.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: Argentina’s 1978 and 1986 World Cup Champions Carlos Tapia, Sergio Batista, Daniel Bertoni, Alberto Tarantini, Omar Larrosa and Ricardo Giusti hold the FIFA World Cup trophy in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, during the trophy tour on October 25, 2022.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: Argentina’s 1978 and 1986 World Cup Champions Carlos Tapia, Sergio Batista, Daniel Bertoni, Alberto Tarantini, Omar Larrosa and Ricardo Giusti hold the FIFA World Cup trophy in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, during the trophy tour on October 25, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

For the Qatar World Cup, FIFA has allocated $440 million, a $40m increase from the 2018 edition. In the 2014 Brazil World Cup, $358m was up for grabs.

FIFA World Cup 2022 is starting on November 20. A total of 32 countries will participate in the mega tournament with an eye on the top prize. It is the biggest single sports quadrennial event in the world, so the money involved here is massive.

For the Qatar World Cup - the 22nd edition of the marquee event - FIFA, the global governing body of the sport, has allocated $440 million, a $40m increase from the 2018 edition.

In the 2014 Brazil World Cup, $358m was up for grabs. Asides from the winning team, all the participating teams receive a reward for making it to the finals.

How much money do you get for winning the FIFA World Cup?

The winner of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be awarded USD 42 million, which is approximately 344 crores in Indian rupees.

Here is the prize money breakdown for the 2022 World Cup:

StandingPrize moneyPrize money in INR
WINNER$42 MILLIONINR 344 CRORES
RUNNER-UP$30 MILLIONINR 245 CRORES
3RD PLACE$27 MILLIONINR 220 CRORES
4TH PLACE$25 MILLIONINR 204 CRORES
5TH-8TH PLACE$17 MILLIONINR 138 CRORES
9TH-16TH PLACE$13 MILLIONINR 106 CRORES
17TH-32ND PLACE$9 MILLIONINR 74 CRORES

In the 2018 World Cup, the winner, France, received $38m, while the runner-up, Croatia, earned $28 million.

Before the 2006 World Cup, the winning side never received more than $10m, with 1982 champion Italy walking away with an estimated $2.2m.

In 2002, FIFA increased the prize money pool, with the governing body handing cheques to all the teams.

Here is the chart of prize money winning teams received since the 1982 World Cup:

EDITIONAMOUNTPrize money in INR
1982 FIFA World Cup$2.2 MILLIONINR 17.97 CRORES
1986 FIFA World Cup$2.8 MILLIONINR 22.87 CRORES
1990 FIFA World Cup$3.5 MILLIONINR 28.50 CRORES
1994 FIFA World Cup$4 MILLIONINR 32.67 CRORES
1998 FIFA World Cup$6 MILLIONINR 49.0 CRORES
2002 FIFA World Cup$8 MILLIONINR 65.3 CRORES
2006 FIFA World Cup$20 MILLIONINR 163.37 CRORES
2010 FIFA World Cup$30 MILLIONINR 245.0 CRORES
2014 FIFA World Cup$35 MILLIONINR 285.59 CRORES

How does the World Cup 2022 prize money compare to the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

FIFA has announced that a total of $60 million in prize money will be up for grabs at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

So, the prize money being offered in the Qatar Men’s World Cup 2022 is more than seven times that of the prize money on offer for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

However, the $60 million prize money on offer at the 2023 Women’s World Cup is double what was on offer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.

According to reports, FIFA might further increase the prize money on offer at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with the total figure leading up to $100m.

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