Ozil? Mata? Rooney? Who will win FIFA's $35 million prize

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FIFA announces biggest ever World Cup financial prize with $35 million going to the eventual champions, but who will win it?

The total prize fund up for grabs in Brazil is up 37.14% from the tournament in South Africa four years ago. 

There will be a total pool of cash worth £352.25 million available in the summer tournament that will leave Premier League stars licking their lips. The breakdown of prize money is as follows;

£21.4 million will go to the winner, whilst the runner-up will get a healthy cash consolation prize of around £15.3 million.

The game between 3rd and 4th place has been handed a huge incentive as the team who finishes third will win £13.45 million, whereas the fourth place side will net just £5.5 million.

The nations that reach the quarter-finals before going out of the tournament receive a whopping £8.56 million, getting to the second round will earn you £5.5million and for just managing to get out the group stage gets you £4.89 million. 

The good news for nations that are just happy to make up numbers and have no real optimism past playing the 3 group games is that you will earn around £900,000 for just being there, not bad going! 

The talk of the prize money will no doubt have some players already spending it in their head. It's unclear about how much each player will get if they win the World Cup, with no doubt some countries being more generous than others. 

It does bring up the debate about which country will eventually win the trophy though, and without question there will be a few Premier League stars within the squad. 

Whether it be Germany with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Spain with Chelsea's Juan Mata, Argentina with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Brazil with Tottenham's Paulinho or who-knows.. maybe even England with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

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