Biggest prize money fees in the Middle East – from World Cup to Anthony Joshua

A growing number of high-profile sporting events have been hosted in the Middle East in recent years.

Those events include this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar and Anthony Joshua's upcoming heavyweight world title rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The financial benefits for both athletes and sports teams have contributed to the rise in events being held in the region, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates all hosting major competitions of late – although there has been huge backlash, with accusations of sportwashing.

With that in mind, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the some of the biggest prize money pots offered by events held in the Middle East.

Anthony Joshua fights

Former world champion Joshua is set to fight in Saudi Arabia for the second time in his career on August 20 as he bids to reclaim his belts from Usyk in their highly anticipated rematch.

The 32-year-old previously fought in the country back in December 2019 when he avenged the first professional loss of his career by beating Andy Ruiz at the Diriyah Arena.

Daily Star Sport reported at the time that Joshua would collect a guaranteed £46million from the bout. It is understood he will pocket a minimum of £65million from his rematch with Usyk, meaning he will have bagged over £100million from his two Saudi fights alone.

LIV Golf Tour

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour got underway earlier this month with its inaugural event in London being won by Charl Schwartzel.

Schwartzel is understood to have earned £3.3million through his victory, according to USA Today, as well as an additional £390,000 by being on the winning team for the event.

Meanwhile, American golfer Andy Ogletree picked up a healthy £100,000 cheque despite finishing in last place at the event, more than doubling his career earnings. The tour will head to Saudi Arabia for the penultimate event of the year in October.

Boardroom.tv reports that each LIV Golf event will have a total purse of £24million, with the overall winner of the individual championship set to win £14.7million at the end of the first seven events.

2022 FIFA World Cup

The World Cup will head to the Middle East for the first time later this year as Qatar hosts the tournament, which has been delayed until November due to the scorching summer temperatures in the country.

FIFA announced the prize money breakdown for the tournament back in April, via The San Diego Union-Tribune, with the total purse equalling £360million to be split between the 32 participants.

The winners of the tournament will collect just over £34million, with the smallest amount paid to the 16 nations eliminated in the group stage, who will each receive £7.3million.

DP World Tour Championship

Although the LIV Golf Tour is still in the early stages of its existence, the Middle East has been hosting a major golf event with a massive prize fund since 2009.

The DP World Tour Championship is the the climax of the European Tour season and has been held in Dubai since its inception.

Those players fortunate enough to earn a spot at the event, where the 2022 edition will have a prize fund of £8million, according to the European Tour's official website. The figure has been boosted through the title sponsorship deal with the Dubai-based DP World.

Collin Morikawa claimed the title in 2021, with fellow American Will Zalatoris currently leading this year's "Race to Dubai" ahead of Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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