Life changing bonus if Lionesses win Euros is just change compared to men wage

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England's Lionesses will each bank a £55,000 bonus if they become European champions for the first time in Sunday’s final.

The Football Association-agreed figure is said to have delighted the women’s squad, with some saying it represents a “life-changing” chunk of cash. Several stars could end up taking home over £72,000 each after the tournament due to appearance fees.

Despite the money-spinning opportunities, England manager Sarina Wiegman, 52, claimed the team are only focused on building a new base of fans.

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She said: “We want to inspire the nation. We hope that we will get everyone so proud of us that more girls and boys start playing.”

Industry analysts stress the total prize pot of £13.4million for the team is far less than the £310m up for grabs at the men’s tournament last summer.

The average wage for a Premier League player is also £60,000-a-week, while female counterparts in England’s Women’s Super League is only around £30,000-a-year.

Many of the Lionesses have second jobs. Sunderland-born Jill Scott, 35, who has been a Lioness for 16 years, owns a coffee shop in Manchester with her fiancée Shelley Unitt.

Sunday’s final against Germany at Wembley is expected to be watched by a record TV audience, plus a sell-out 90,000 crowd.

Meanwhile, touts have been advertising £15 tickets for the final for up to £2,000 on secondary selling site Ticombo. Uefa has warned secondary sites are “not authorised” to flog tickets.


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