If our rosy predictions for Brazilian soccer come true, then that won’t make Brazil as a whole richer. Rather, the Brazilian World Cup is best understood as a series of financial transfers: from women to men (who will have more fun), from Brazilian taxpayers to FIFA and the world’s soccer fans, and from taxpayers to Brazilian soccer clubs and construction companies. Possibly Brazilian society desires these transfers. Still, we have to be clear that this is what’s going on: a transfer of wealth from Brazil as a whole to various interest groups inside and outside the country. This is not an economic bonanza. Brazil is sacrificing a little bit of its future to host the World Cup. [Kuper, Simon & Szymanski, Stefan. Soccernomics: why England loses, why German and Brazil win, and why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and even India are destined to become the kings of the world’s most popular sport. Nation Books, 2014, p. 286-7]
O único ponto talvez não imaginado neste corretíssimo trecho é que a magnitude de algumas transferências seria bastante elevado e escolhidas pelo presidente e seus amigos de uma forma não exatamente compatível com a escolha da sociedade (embora os mesmos autores citem o barulho de 2013).