Infantino said the 2022 World Cup was the ‘best in history’: here are its records and results

Sunday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup final match between Argentina and France is considered to be one of the best in history. Argentina wins on penalty kicks (4-2) after a dramatic final ended 3-3 in extra time.

The opponents had fairly equal records in all aspects. Even betting companies had set odds and chances for winning for both teams equally.

The betting companies themself, according to the tipster service City Bet Club, had the best outcome in this World Cup in recent history as well. 

The Qatar-based tournament has quite possibly been the best ever in terms of margin for bookies, with not a single day during the group stages seeing all favorites winning their games.

Operators saw significant revenue netted far earlier than usual in the competition, with early shocks such as Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, Germany’s defeat to Japan, and Tunisia overcoming France.

Higher than expected revenue for bookmakers was compounded further with multiple 90-minute draws during the knockout rounds.

According to FIFA statistics, over 3.2 million people attended the 2022 World Cup, despite previous questions about corruption allegations, working conditions for migrant laborers, LGBT+ rights, alcohol policy, and more. 

On average, 53,000 people attended the games with the most visited ones: Argentina – Mexico in the group stage, the semi-final Argentina – Croatia, and the final Argentina – France. 

The 2022 World Cup also has set a new record to witness the most goals. There were 172 goals in all during the tournament, an average of 2.68 per game. Prior to 2022 Qatar, the record for the World Cup with the most goals had been shared by 1998 France and 2014 Brazil. Both of those tournaments witnessed 171 goals.

The highest goal-scoring match was the game between England and Iran (6-2) in the group stage. Seven goals were scored both in the games: Spain against Costa Rica (7-0) and Portugal against Switzerland (6-1).

Experts noted that the tournament has accelerated the development of Qatar’s infrastructure, which is part of a broad plan to diversify the country’s economy based currently on the production and sale of oil and gas.

According to Forbes, Qatar spent “at least” $229 billion in total over the past decade to prepare for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which was held for the first time in the Middle East. In return, the country gained branding and name recognition. 

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described the 2022 World Cup as the ‘best in history’, claiming it had helped bridge the cultural divide between the Middle East and the rest of the world.

According to FIFA, they earned record revenues of $7.5 billion in the four years of commercial deals tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In the previous 2015-18 cycle, FIFA generated $6.4 billion.

Moreover, FIFA has allocated $440 million in prize money for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with the runner-up team receiving $30 million and the winning one receiving $42 million.

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