As reported by Marca, the €600,000 that will be awarded to each Spanish player should Spain win this summer's World Cup has drawn controversy from a variety of corners, as it is the highest bonus to be promised out of any of the 32 teams taking part in this summer's World Cup.
Only Argentina's and England's bonus amounts come close to Spain's €600,000 figure. The Albiceleste would be awarded €510,000 per player upon winning, while English players would receive €475,000. In the case that Italy should win the World Cup, the Italian players would earn less than half of what the Spanish players have at stake - €240,000. Brazil would earn even less - €180,000.
Other squads of note are France, who will take €390,000 per player while German players will be awarded €250,000 in the case of a World Cup win (although in the case of the Germans, it has been reported that a large number of those monies will be donated to the Robert Enke Foundation).
If Spain reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, each player will earn €60,000, reaching the semi-finals earns €90,000 per player, while reaching the World Cup final earns €120,000.
Spain are tipped by the Castrol Success Predictor to have a 17% chance of winning this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
Critics of such lavish awards have sparked controversy by protesting the Spanish government's decision to dish out so much money to the team, arguing that it does not reflect the fact that Spain is going through its worst economic crisis in recent memory. However, according to the Spanish Football Federation, only 6% of the funds come from the state - the rest comes from the national team's corporate sponsors.
A large amount of the financial awards have also been set aside to be distributed among a host of NGOs and benefit foundations. Some of the monies are further set to stay within the borders of South Africa, to be spent on children and the prevention and treatment of malaria.
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