The Croatian national football team had a successful run at the World Cup in Qatar, finishing in third place and earning a significant financial bonus for the Croatian Football Association. This marks the second time in the team's history that they have achieved a third-place finish at the World Cup, previously achieving this feat in 1998.
The Croatian team received 8.7 million euros just for qualifying for the tournament, and an additional 16.5 million euros for reaching the quarterfinals. Their third-place finish added an additional 26 million euros, bringing the total prize money earned by the Croatian team to 51.5 million euros.
This is a significant achievement for the team, as it represents a significant increase from their previous performance at the World Cup. Four years ago, the Croatian team reached the final and earned 26 million euros for their runner-up finish.
24 million euros for Morocco
Meanwhile, Morocco received 24 million euros for their fourth-place finish at the World Cup. The team that finishes in second place will receive 30 million euros, while the world champion will earn 40 million euros.
This year's World Cup saw an increase in prize money, with the winner earning more than France did in the previous tournament, where they earned 38 million euros for their victory. “It was a great game, we still can’t measure what happened today.
Only after a few days we will realise how big this victory is,” Orsic said after the game. It was the most important game of my career and I’d like to dedicate it to my family and all the Croatian fans”. Morocco coach Walid Regragui said he was “a bit disappointed” with a second consecutive defeat but that “they did everything”.
“Our players got very tired. We’re going to learn a lot from this World Cup and we know we’ll need to come back even stronger,” he said. Overall, it was a successful World Cup for both Croatia and Morocco, with both teams achieving historic performances and earning significant financial rewards.
The Croatian team will now look to build on this success and continue to develop as a footballing nation, while Morocco will aim to continue their progress on the international stage.