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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The embarrassing 7-1 defeat in the 2014 Soccer World Cup was nothing like the thrashing Brazil was administered by the economy in the years that followed.

It is no secret that the country has been struggling to try to recover what it lost in its last recession (2015/2016). But when considering how much it could have gained since then - were it not for the bumps in the period - eyes might water.

A calculation performed by MB Associates' chief economist, Sergio Vale, shows that Brazil could be R$1.8 trillion (US$360 billion) wealthier . . .

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