The United States Stunner

Despite being ranked 13th according to FIFA,  the United States pleasantly surprised spectators around the world by escaping the group round. After being placed in the group of death, the team was forced to face teams ranked 2nd (Germany), 4th (Portugal), and 37th (Ghana). Although these rankings have not been entirely predictive throughout history, they tend to be a decent indicator for the results to come.

As a general rule of thumb, people who are better at their jobs tend to have the highest wages.  In professional sports, the most skilled athletes tend to be the most popular ones, and as such are also the ones who collect the most outrageous salaries.  One way of quantifying just how big of a cinderella story the advancement of the US Men's National Team is by looking at the salaries of the players on each team.

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