RANKED: The richest nations in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Soccer and money go hand in hand.

The sport is watched in multiple territories around the world, and some of its most recognisable clubs — like Premier League side Manchester United, La Liga heavyweight Real Madrid, and Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich — are worth close to a billion dollars each.

With attention turning to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on June 14, we power-ranked all 32 nations that qualified for this summer’s tournament based on their nominal gross domestic product (GDP), as recognised by the International Monetary Fund and the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom.

Here are the 32 richest FIFA World Cup nations, ranked in ascending order by wealth:

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32. Senegal — $16 billion. The country’s first match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a Group H game against Poland on June 19.

Source: International Monetary Fund.

31. Iceland — $23 billion. Nicknamed “Our Boys,” Iceland is the smallest nation by population to ever make it to the World Cup. Its first game is against Argentina on June 16.

Source: International Monetary Fund.

30. Tunisia — $40 billion. Tunisia has a diverse economy with brands specialising in the manufacturing and mining sectors. The country’s soccer team is set to make its fourth appearance at a FIFA World Cup and its first match this summer is against England on Monday, June 18.

Source: International Monetary Fund.

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