Show Me The Money

The 2010 World Cup Final: Netherlands vs Spain

With a first-place prize of $31 million, the Dutch or Spaniards will be richly rewarded for their success.

The motivation for Spanish and Dutch players in Sunday’s World Cup final is obvious – national pride, global glory and the chance at an enduring legacy. To hold the golden trophy is something most have dreamed of since they first kicked a ball.  All of which doesn’t mean money (quite a bit of it) hasn’t been used to provide a bit of extra reward. The winning team’s soccer federation will receive about $31 million in prize money from FIFA.The Spanish Football Association has promised to give each of its 23 players a bonus of 600,000 euros (or about $758,000 in U.S. dollars) if they can deliver victory, according to the Sunday Times. The Netherlands reportedly will hand out 300,000 euros (or about $380,000) for each player. Coaches and support staff get less.

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