US players to pocket R350m if they win WC

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Klinsmann june 14 REUTERS Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the US men's national soccer team. Photo: Stephen Lam


London - The USA squad will score a record World Cup win bonus of £19.5 million (about R350 miliion ) if they manage to go all the way.

The 23 players in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad will earn £850 000 per man in the unlikely event that they lift the trophy in Brazil.

Fifa have confirmed they will pay the tournament winners £22m and the US players, including Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, are set to bank the lion’s share of the prize.

“The vast majority of the funds we receive from Fifa for the World Cup will go towards player appearances and bonuses,” a US Soccer Federation spokesman confirmed.

England players, including skipper Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, will earn £350 000 each if they win the tournament.

If Ghana or Nigeria win the trophy, their players will earn just £60 000 each.

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