In the first half of 2013, Latin American countries exported about 5,000 soccer players worth over $1.1 billion dollars. That figure is higher than the total amount of live animals in the whole of 2011. Guatemala, for instance, ships off more value in soccer players every year than it does beef. Brazil?s soccer player exports in 2013 amount to more than its gun exports for the same period in 2011, Uruguay?s to more than its fish exports, and Ecuador?s to roughly the same as its coffee and tea exports. So, not to fulfill any Latin America stereotypes or anything, but yes, soccer is truly their most valuable industry. [Source]

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