WALES will rake in nearly £10m if they qualify for the World Cup by beating Ukraine in Sunday’s play-off final.
Gareth Bale and his Welsh team-mates are attempting to make history in Cardiff by securing a first finals spot since 1958.
Football Association of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney has revealed the Dragons will be in for a big cash windfall if Robert Page’s men reach Qatar 2022.
Mooney said: “You have the practical side of making money. There’s £8m on offer for teams that qualify for the World Cup – that’s great.
“In addition we have some sponsorships that are taking hold, some could be around £1million.
“There is a rule of thumb in Europe that one third goes into operations, one third goes to the players and one third goes back into the development of football in Wales.
“So you are talking about north of £3million going into grassroots facilities and improving the FAW as an organisation.
“There is a briefcase worth about £10million on the center line on Sunday for the winners.”
The FAW will give Ukrainian refugees 100 tickets for the sold-out final.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “I would like to give a warm Welsh welcome to the Ukrainian football team and their fans in Cardiff.
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“This will be an opportunity for us to reiterate our support for Ukraine as it fights against Russia’s unprovoked and brutal act of war.
“I’m sure the game will be a very competitive game between two skillful and passionate teams – there’s a big prize up for grabs.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5487125/wales-gareth-bale-world-cup-ukraine/ Wales are betting on £10m if Gareth Bale can fire them to their first World Cup since 1958 by beating Ukraine