MOSCOW, FIFA will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia $38 Shs144.4 billion) million in prize money.
The runners-up in Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will receive $28m (Shs104.6 billion). Both amounts are a $3m (Shs11.4 billion) increase on those awarded to the finalists of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina.
Belgium will receive $24m (Shs91.2 billion) for their victory on Saturday in the third-place playoff in St Petersburg, $2m Shs7.6 billion) more than fourth-placed England.
In total the pot of prize money for the 2018 finals in Russia has increased by almost $50m (Shs190 billion), up to $400m Shs1.52 trillion) this year compared to $358m Shs1.36 trillion) four years ago.
France are competing in their third World Cup final of the last 20 years, having won the trophy for the first time ever on home soil in 1998 and then losing the 2006 final in Germany to Italy in a penalty shootout.
Croatia, playing in their first ever major international final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France.