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Prize money revealed for each 2018 World Cup nation

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Luka Modric has been named as the best player of this summer's World Cup after the Croatia star picked up the Golden Ball award, reported Mirror (UK).

The Real Madrid midfielder ended up on the losing side in Sunday's final as France won 4-2.

But he was recognised for his contribution to his side's run to the showpiece which included knockout victories over Denmark, Russia and England.

Belgium's Eden Hazard was second and Antoine Griezmann, who lifted the World Cup trophy, was in third place.

England's Harry Kane won the Golden Boot award after finishing as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, despite Gareth Southgate's side's semi-final defeat by Croatia.

French duo Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe finished on four goals, alongside Russia's Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Hazard.

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois picked up the Golden Glove award as the tournament's best goalkeeper while Spain won the Fair Play trophy having gone out at the last-16 stage.

And Mbappe, who scored in the final, won the award for the best young player of the tournament.

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Exactly $400 million will be dished out by FIFA in prize money to the 32 teams who competed in the 2018 World Cup, which is a $42 million increase from the tournament in 2014, reported NBC Sports (US).

With the winners getting $38 million and the runners up $28 million, the four semifinalists were the big winners with Belgium winning $24 million and England getting $22 million. The four teams who were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage each received $16 million, while the nations who reached the last 16 earned $12 million each.

For simply qualifying for the tournament and reaching the group stage, the 16 teams who didn’t make it to the knockout rounds received $8 million.

Below is a breakdown in full of which countries earned what as France took home a cool $38 million as winners.

List of prize money for 2018 World Cup
$8 million: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Peru, Australia, Nigeria, Iceland, Serbia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Germany, Tunisia, Panama, Senegal, Poland (knocked out in group stage)
$12 million: Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Colombia (reached Round of 16)
$16 million: Uruguay, Brazil, Russia, Sweden (quarterfinalists)
$22 million: England (fourth)
$24 million: Belgium (third)
$28 million: Croatia (runners up)
$38 million: France (winners)

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Russia has come under nearly 25 million cyber attacks targeting its critical information systems and infrastructure during the FIFA World Cup tournament, Vladimir Putin revealed, reported Russia Today.

“Throughout the duration of the World Cup, we neutralized almost 25 million cyber attacks and other criminal activities against the information infrastructure of Russia, which, in one way or another, were associated with the holding of the World Cup,” the Russian president said.

Speaking at a meeting dedicated to the security of the World Cup, Putin thanked the representatives of 55 special services and law enforcement agencies from 34 countries which helped ensure security during the month-long tournament.

In preparation for the World Cup, security services had to run background checks on more than two million people, ranging from construction workers to volunteers. Putin also noted that security services were responsible for continuously sweeping all venues for any “radiation, chemical, biological, and explosive” threats.

Following the epic conclusion of the World Cup on Sunday, at which the French secured their second champion title, Putin thanked everyone, especially the fans, who helped make a real festival of football.

“Some fans are emotional but, as it turned out, they are responsible people. I was even surprised to see it,” he told journalists after the final match. “I am very thankful to them. I want to thank them for their attitude to this event.”

Branding the tournament a success, Putin also promised to create a flexible visa regime for the fans who “have fallen in love with Russia,” and allow those who have Russia 2018 fan IDs to freely travel the country until the end of the year.

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