Although the United States will not be playing in the 2018 World Cup, there’s still plenty of incentive to watch. There’s also plenty of reasons for those playing, too, because the final payouts each team will receive are insane.
So how much money is available, you ask? Around $400 million dollars.
HowMuch.net broke down the payout scale for all 32 teams in the 2018 World Cup, which includes a hefty $8 million dollar “prize” for the last place team. Each team who places 17th or lower will also receive the same $8 million dollar payout.
For those who can reach the second round of games, the payout increases to $12 million for a final placing of 9th through 16th. As for those in the 5th through 9thgroup, they’ll bring home a very respectable $18 million. But those figures seem rather paltry in comparison to the top four slots.
Five percent of the entire $400 million dollar pie — $22 million — will be awarded to the 4th place team. For the 3rd place finisher, they’ll command an additional two million and a final tally of $24 million.
Come the championship game, the 2018 World Cup runner-up will be able to sooth their heartbreak with $28 million, while the winners break the bank with a record-breaking $38 million dollar “prize.”
In comparison, each player on the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles received 112,000 bucks.
Sounds like good news for Argentina — led by Lionel Messi — along with annual powerhouse’s Brazil and Germany, all of whom are among the favorites to be playing in the 2018 World Cup championship game.
UPDATE: Cristiano Ronaldo Receives 2 Year Prison Sentence and $22 Million Fine
UPDATE: Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with public prosecutors and the Spanish Treasury with his tax avoidance case, sentencing the player to a two-year prison sentence and a $22 Million USD fine. As a first time offender he will not serve any of the prison sentence, with the Treasury aiming to avoid reoffending, as it would mean Ronaldo would go to prison.
June 15, 2018: Just hours before he and his home country Portugal open their 2018 FIFA World Cup run against Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a suspended two-year prison term and a €18.8 million EUR (approximately $21.8 million USD) fine for tax evasion. Similarly to longtime rival, Lionel Messi, who in 2016 was also sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Ronaldo likely won’t serve any jail time because Spanish courts typically reduce most first-offense non-violent crime sentences under two years to probation. The Spanish tax agency however has yet to agree to substitute a fine for the suspended sentence.
You may recall, in 2017, the megastar athlete was sued by Spanish prosecutors in Madrid for evading taxes from 2011 to 2014, equaling a sum of €14.7 million EUR (approximately $16.5 million USD). The tax agency argued that several companies in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands were used by Ronaldo to avoid paying the taxes due on image rights income. Ronaldo has consistently denied these allegations, but has not issued a statement on today’s ruling as of yet.
Interesting UFC Session: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Their first encounter was a blockbuster with an anticlimactic ending. Now comes the sequel.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez will face Dustin Poirier in the UFC on Fox 30 headliner this Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. It serves as a rematch of their May 2017 battle, which resulted in a no-contest after Alvarez connected with a series of accidental but illegal knee strikes in the second round.
A Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu representative, Alvarez last competed at UFC 218 on Dec. 2, when he knocked out onetime World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje in the third round of their showdown at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The 33-year-old Philadelphia native has secured 23 of his 29 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission and owns notable wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen, Pat Curran, Michael Chandler, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos.
Poirier, 29, finds himself in the heart of his competitive prime. The American Top Team standout will enter the cage with the wind of a two-fight winning streak in his sails, having defeated Pettis and Gaethje in consecutive outings. Like Alvarez, he has a well-established reputation as a dynamic offensive fighter: Poirier boasts 18 finishes among his 23 career wins, 12 of them inside one round.
UFC on Fox 30 “Alvarez vs. Poirier 2” — which airs live on Fox at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT — also features a featherweight co-main event pairing former champion Jose Aldo with Jeremy Stephens, a women’s strawweight affair pitting onetime titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Tecia Torres and a lightweight confrontation matching Olivier Aubin-Mercier with Alexander Hernandez.
Other bouts to monitor: Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono, Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian and Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau Pereira. UFC Fight Pass (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) will carry a portion of the undercard.
Those with an appetite for regional competition can find Legacy Fighting Alliance 46 on the menu on Friday in Newport News, Virginia. Airing live on AXS-TV at 9 p.m. ET, the event features a battle for the welterweight crown, as champion James Nakashima takes on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Kyle Stewart. Both men own undefeated records, Nakashima at 8-0 and Stewart at 10-0.
Meanwhile, the fate of the interim welterweight title will hang in the balance when Martin Nguyen confronts Kevin Belingon in the One Championship “Reign of Kings” headliner on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Nguyen already holds championships at 145 and 155 pounds. The event streams live and free to the One Super App at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT, available on Android and iOS platforms.
Looking ahead, Season 2 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series will stage its seventh card of the summer on July 31. The five-fight event streams to UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. All 10 competitors on the card — Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight champion Ian Heinisch is among the notables — will be vying for a UFC contract.
Yankees Fans Held an iPhone-Flashlight Vigil For Aaron Judge After Injury Announced
By now, you’ve surely heard the news that Aaron Judge is set to miss significant time (around 3 weeks it sounds like) after taking this fastball to wrist last night:
Here's Aaron Judge getting hit by a pitch in the first. He was pissed, clearly. pic.twitter.com/7poeWkuRqM
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 27, 2018
Obviously, it’s a tough break for the Yankees losing your young star outfielder for a big stretch in the 2nd half when you’re fighting for a division. But somehow Yankee fans made it seem like their season was over now last night when the significance of his injury was announced to the crowd at Yankee Stadium. The Bleacher Creatures made it seem like Judge died in some tragic fashion.
Does a 3 week DL stint deserve a stadium-wide candlelight vigil? Apparently so!
It’s so ridiculous and so on brand for Yankee fans that you almost can’t even knock it. These people are so over the top with everything that it actually kind of makes sense they would hold a vigil like Aaron Judge just lost a long battle with cancer. He’ll be back by September.
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