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Market analysts predict Brazil’s sixth World Cup win in Qatar

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A Reuters poll that correctly predicted the 2010 champions predicts Brazil will win the World Cup for the sixth time in Qatar on Nov. 20.

The bookmakers and 135 football-following market analysts worldwide predicted Brazil’s first win since 2002.

Nearly half expected Brazil to win, while 30% evenly split between France and Argentina. Germany, England, and Belgium had high single-digit scores.

Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Alisson, and Ederson—all Brazilian—dominated the poll.

Nearly half of respondents splited to expect between Lionel Messi or Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar to win the Golden Ball. The Argentine maestro won it eight years ago in Brazil.

Kylian Mbappe was predicted to win the Golden Boot.

Qatar spent US$220 billion (S$303.2 billion) hosting the tournament, almost fifteen times more than the second-most expensive, but 41% of respondents said it would have no long-term economic impact.

Nearly the same number said it would be net positive, while 21% said negative.

– Input from REUTERS was used in this article

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