England's Jack Wilshere (left) and Portugal's William Carvalho battle for the ball
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The Copa America and UEFA European Championship 2016 by numbers

Transfer prices. Wage bills. Ticket costs. We all know football's a pretty expensive business. The amount of money involved highlights the way in which sport in general is now an integral part of the wider economy. Football (soccer) in particular dominates, with some $26 billion a year in global revenue.

As Copa America and UEFA European Championship 2016 kick off, this chart compares the relevant numbers for each tournament. Turns out the South American tournament has the most expensive player (Lionel Messi), whereas the European one has the most expensive team (Germany)!

Copa America and Euro 2016 in numbers

Infographic by Statista

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