World Soccer governing body FIFA will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia 3.8 billion shillings in prize money.
The runners-up in Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will receive 2.8 billion shillings.
Both amounts are a 302 million shillings increase on those awarded to the finalists of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina.
Belgium will receive 2.4 billion shillings for their victory Saturday in the third-place playoff in St Petersburg, 200 million shillings more than fourth-placed England.
In total the pot of prize money for the 2018 finals in Russia has increased by almost 5 billion shillings, up to 40 billion shillings this year compared to 35 billion shillings four years ago.
World Cup finals
Croatia is seeking to win their first major international trophy Sunday evening when they face France in the 2018 World Cup final match at the Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in Russia.
France on the other hand are in their third final in six World Cups and attempting to add a second title to the one they won in Paris in 1998.
France head coach Didier Deschamps, is in his third tournament in charge and hoping to become only the third person to lift the trophy as a player and manager.
His counterpart, Zlatko Dalic, has been Croatia manager for just nine months but is 90 minutes from winning football’s biggest prize.
With a population of 4.17 million, Croatia would not be the first smallest country to have reached a World Cup final after Uruguay, won the inaugural competition in 1930 with an estimated population of about 1.7 million.
Croatia who beat England in semis to book a place in the finals is the lowest-ranked team to reach a World Cup final while France defeating Belgium in the semifinals.