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The games that cost Russia $14 billion: 9 wild World Cup money stats

The Motley Fool Logo By Rich Smith of The Motley Fool | Slide 1 of 10: We're past the halfway mark on the 2018 World Cup, which began June 14 and won't wrap up until July 15. Already, we've seen some surprises -- America's failure to qualify, Germany's ignominious exit before the Round of 16, and Argentina's failure to advance from it, to name just a few. No one's certain which country's team will win, but we can already spot some winners among the many companies capitalizing on this worldwide spectacle, which has cost Russia $14 billion to host, according to Russian media group RBK. That would make the 2018 World Cup the most expensive in history. ALSO READ: Investing Lessons From the World Cup: Be Ready for Surprises

The most expensive World Cup ever

We're near the end of the 2018 World Cup, which began June 14 and will wrap up July 15. Already, we've seen some surprises -- America's failure to qualify, Germany's ignominious exit before the Round of 16 and Argentina's failure to advance from it, to name just a few.

No one's certain which country's team will win, but we can already spot some winners among the many companies capitalizing on this worldwide spectacle, which has cost Russia $14 billion to host, according to Russian media group RBK. That would make the 2018 World Cup the most expensive in history.

Click ahead for nine wild World Cup money stats.

ALSO READ: Investing Lessons From the World Cup: Be Ready for Surprises


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