We compared the money in men's and women's soccer. The difference is huge.

Spain beat England 1-0 on Sunday in a Women's World Cup final that pitted the two European countries with the strongest domestic leagues against each other.

The Women's World Cup, which began in 1991, has had nine tournaments to date. Meanwhile, men's world cup, started in 1930, has had 22 tournaments so far. 

Here is a comparison between men's and women's soccer over the years.

Men's Versus Women's Soccer Money Comparison

Highest World Cup Prize Purse

  • Men: $440 million for Qatar World Cup 2022.
  • Women: $152 million for Australia-New Zealand World Cup 2023.

Biggest Prize Money For World Cup Winners

  • Men: $42 million for Argentina in 2022 World Cup
  • Women: $10.5 million for Spain in 2023 World Cup 

Largest In-Person Attendance To A World Cup Final

  • Men: The 1950 Uruguay vs Brazil title clash at Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, with estimated attendance of 199,000-205,000. Also, the record turnout for any soccer match.
  • Women: The 2023 decider between Spain and England at Stadium Australia with a crowd of 75,784. 

Highest Paid Soccer Player In Toal Earnings

  • Men: Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo made over $130 million in 2023 to become the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes. 
  • Women: U.S. national team players Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe reached $7 million in earnings, according to Forbes. 

Highest Revenue-Generating Soccer Team

  • Men: Manchester City with $795.8 million in revenues in the 2021/22 season. 
  • Women: FC Barcelona women's team with $8.4 million in the 2021/22 season. 

Highest Transfer Fee

  • Men: Brazilian winger Neymar was sold by FC Barcelona to Paris St Germain for $222 million in 2017. 
  • Women: English midfielder Keira Walsh was sold by Manchester City to Barcelona in 2022 for $446,110. 

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