No one said being a professional athlete was easy, but that paycheck makes it a bit easier. Sports Illustrator just announced that the winner of the 2014 World Cup will receive $35 million from FIFA, with all participating 32 nations will get at least $8 million. This is a $5 million dollar increase from Spain's victory purse in 2010.

According to the Associated Press, the figures were agreed on today by FIFA's executive committee responsible for dividing the $576 million dollar fund. The final sum doesn't end there, as most team countries will add incentive to the win by promising bonuses to all of their athletes. For example, the German Federation has already promised their team a $407,000 bonus for the win.

Stay tuned as Brazil and the rest of the world prepares for the 2014 World Cup.

[Sports Illustrated]

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