The Richest Nations in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and has the biggest fan following of all. Naturally, the sport brings a lot of money even for the smallest Nations that make it to the biggest leagues.

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While you will always have your own favorites in a world cup, did you ever think as to whether wealthy nations do better than others in the World Cup?

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and has the biggest fan following of all. Naturally, the sport brings a lot of money even for the smallest Nations that make it to the biggest leagues. So much so that online betting on the game too is a sport now with different countries having special codes like Betway Niaja for Nigeria.

The Richest Nations Playing in this World Cup

If you are wondering about the nations with the top per capita income who are playing in the World Cup, don’t worry.

We have created a list of some of the richest Nations participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which start off on June 14 at Moscow. The ranking is based on their nominal GDPs only, though other factors like their per capita income have been considered as well.

  1. Japan

The third largest economy in the world with the finest brands like Toyota, Nintendo, and Sony to its name as being a part of FIFA World Cups since 1998. Worth $4.8 trillion, the country’s team doesn’t have a hard time making out of the group stage.

  1. Germany

Germany’s economy is one of the biggest in Europe due to its progress in niche Industries like vehicles, machinery, and Pharmaceuticals. Apart from Brazil, Germany too is a winning team with 4 titles under its name. The last time this $3.5 trillion worth nation did not reach the quarter finals was in 1978.

  1. France

Some of the biggest contributors to France’s economy are banking, insurance, and financial services corporations. The country is full of football fanatics and has produced players like Thierry Henry, Michel Platini, and Zinedine Zidane. The world cup winner of 1998 and a crowd favorite this year is worth $2.5 trillion.

  1. Brazil

Brazil is one of the most popular and biggest teams to play in the FIFA World Cup. The five-time World Cup winner is the largest economy in South America and is worth a whopping $2.05 trillion. The team’s top scorer Pele has been a part of three World Cup winning teams and is considered one of the best players of all time.

  1. South Korea

South Korea is one of Asia’s biggest economies with international Tech brands like LG Electronics and Samsung as part of it. Worth $2.03 trillion, the team has been quite an average performer for the 9 World Cups it has been a part of. Going for its 10th run this year in the tournament, the team’s biggest achievement is still reaching the semifinals in 2002.

The World Cup sees some of the best nations around the world competing for the ultimate glory, and while we wouldn’t have some notable nations like the United States this year, since they failed to qualify, it does mean that the football world is getting more competitive. Which team are you rooting for anyway?

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