Pakistani Labor Earns Rs. 160 Per FIFA World Cup Ball While It Sells for Rs. 36,000

Despite producing 70 percent of the world’s footballs, Pakistani workers in the manufacturing industry in Sialkot merely earn only Rs. 160 per ball, Bloomberg has revealed. Note here that the official price for the FIFA World Cup football is $165 or around Rs, 36,000.

According to the report, stitching one ball takes three hours, so a worker can earn around Rs. 10,000 per month by stitching three balls per day, while a living wage in Sialkot is Rs. 20,000 per month.

The report further stated that approximately eight percent of the city’s population works in the soccer ball industry, where they frequently work long hours and sew the panels of the balls by hand.

It was also reported that 80% of soccer balls are handcrafted, and this time-consuming method increases the soccer ball’s durability and aerodynamic stability when compared to machine-stitched balls.

As per the report, the majority of workers are women who often sew two balls in a day, then go home to prepare meals for their children before returning to work in a nearby village in the late afternoon.

It is pertinent to mention here that approximately 40 million soccer balls are purchased worldwide each year, while sales mostly increase during the FIFA World Cup.


  • 15 years ago I am sewing a ball just in ten and Fifteen rupees only the tarders and factory owners are very greedy and cruel

  • The business men of our country minting money having lavish life styles and workers are suffering they are not paid well no bonus no leave no gratuity no provident fund no social security Alas they are suffering and no policial party has courage to stand and support them

  • The owner should not only be set accountable but punish them to repay the amount he confiscated. And fine that greedy dog.

  • Is labour the only cost involved ? This report gives a wrong picture by ignoring material cost and overheads.
    In the past similar reports wiped away carpet industry from Pakistan.
    Please do not propagate them

    • Azam you seem to be part of 1% of Pakistan. The wages should be raised. The system is very cruel. Only the businessmen (big fishes) benefit from these projects.

      • You idiots, it’s the brand that sells it for 36,000. Do you think the factory gets 36k per ball??? It’s these greedy western brands, Adidas is a slave-driver and is in bed with corrupt FIFA

      • Na bhaii 70% football ham bna rhy hain toh 500Rs per ball daina chahiya mery khyal sai or beshak yai football kai rates high krdai ous sa farq ni prai ga itna

  • How could the government let this happen, these rich people should not look for profit, thisbis why our country is going down everyone does this. No matter how much millions they earn

  • You are only seeing foot ball but it is happening in every kind of job here. Employers here never want to pay their employees the right amount of money they deserve. Govt job or private job things are worse. We all very good at keeping our prayers but worse than d e v i l when it comes to humanity

  • This type of irresponsible news stories can damage our sports industry at international level.
    Material cost is much more than labour cost.

  • Because of these types of businessmans Pakistan is at this stage😭they should care for chota tabka. Inhy toh chahiya khud kam profit rkhy or gareebo ki madar krai soo pakistan economically thora upr asky😒but inn ko khof ay khuda ni ha bas paisa bnany mai lgay hwy
    Workers 3 hour lgaty 1 ball bnany ka or 1 din ka 3 balls bnaty
    Soo 1 ball ka at least 500Rs daina chahiya
    Pakistan export kai lia jo rate bhii rkhy ga football ka woh sell hoga kio kai 70% of football Pakistan sa ja rha ha toh Zahir sii baat ha pakistan ko koi ignore nii krskty ga agr pakistan mai rates high hongy toh baqi countries mai khud hongai
    I don’t know inn kai pas dimagh name ki koi chez hai ya nii😒at least 500Rs per football daina chahiya soo workers ko hosla mil skay or woh or time dai skay work ko😊


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