Next month, soccer teams from 32 countries worldwide will gather in Brazil to compete for one of the loftiest prizes in sport: the FIFA World Cup. Canada won’t be at the tournament — which kicks off June 12 in São Paulo and will be broadcast on CBC — but no doubt Canadians all over the country will be pulling on replica shirts, waving miniature flags and throwing their support behind an alternate home team.
Not everyone is cheering the World Cup, though. Thousands in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have once again taken to the streets to protest the cost associated with Brazil hosting the World Cup. Riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters, some of whom torched tires, blocked roads and hurled stones, BBC reports.
Protesters say the money Brazil is spending on the World Cup – estimated at close to $15 billion – would be better put to use on social projects and improved housing.
Of course, soccer is big business, and the difference in income between the World Cup’s top stars and their fellow citizens is staggering, as this infographic — created by Sports Betting Online and NeoMam Studios and posted by Mashable — illustrates.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo earns about $44 million a year from his Real Madrid salary and endorsements, while the average Portuguese person makes just under $20,000. Brazilian star Neymar, meanwhile, pulls in over $20 million, compared to the $8,475 earned on average by his fellow Brazilians.
The infographic also compares the cost of a country’s national soccer stadium to the price of an average home in that country. For example, Abuja National Stadium in Nigeria, built in 2003 at a cost of $360 million, could have paid for almost 12,000 Nigerian homes. Whereas London’s Wembley Stadium, built in 2007 for a cost of $1.25 billion, would pay for 3,020 homes in England, where housing prices are much higher than in Nigeria.
You can see the entire infographic below.