We’re taking a look at which 23 man squads are worth the most money based on their players current estimated market value.
Here are the 7 most valuable squads at the 2018 World Cup
7. Argentina - £637 million
In at seventh place are 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina. With an average age to their squad of over 29, Argentina have the highest average age in this seven - and the third highest at the tournament in total. Their lack of youthfulness is certainly one reason why Argentina don’t rank higher than seventh, the other being their three goalkeepers - none of whom are valued at more than three or four million pounds. Argentina’s most valuable player is unsurprisingly Lionel Messi at an estimated £162 million, followed by Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero.
6. Belgium - £680 million
Eden Hazard of Belgium moves away from Taiseer Aljassam during the international friendly match between Belgium and Saudi Arabia at the King Baudouin Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Brussels,...
You can question Belgium’s cohesion, togetherness and ability to play as a team, but certainly not the quality at their disposal, so their inclusion here should come as no surprise. In fact, I would probably have expected to find them a couple of places higher. Almost all of Belgium’s most valuable players play in the Premier League, such as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. At the other end of the scale, the likes of Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen and Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata prevent Belgium from climbing a couple of places.
5. England - £787 million
Belgium’s Group G rivals England have an estimated squad value £100 million higher than the Western European nation. England have the second youngest squad at the finals, which is a major reason behind their high valuation - as is the fact that they only have two players valued at less than £10 million. Harry Kane is unsurprisingly England’s most valuable player, valued conservatively at £135 million, but the likes of Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Marcus Rashford were all valued highly.
4. Germany - £797 million
Toni Kroos of Germany during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Germany at Windsor Park on October 5, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The estimated value of Germany’s 23 man squad would have been a lot higher if Joachim Low had included Leroy Sane in it, with his estimated value having skyrocketed to over £80 million following an excellent season at Manchester City. The Germans still come in at fourth, though, with Toni Kroos considered their most valuable asset. Germany don’t have one or two wildly expensive players like the others in this seven, but they have 15 players valued at between 30 and 55 million pounds which ensures their inclusion.
3. Brazil - £857 million
Many people’s favourites for the upcoming finals in Russia, national team boss Tite has made Brazil look much harder to beat than they did under Luiz Felipe Scolari. Brazil have the second highest average age in this seven, but their top valued players are all in their early to mid 20’s. Naturally, Neymar is their most valuable player, at just over £160 million, followed by the likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Jesus and Casemiro.
2. Spain - £932 million
(LtoR) Spain's forward Lucas Vazquez, Spain's midfielder Marco Asensio, Spain's forward Iago Aspas and Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez attend a training session of Spain's national football...
Much like Germany, but to an even greater extent, Spain don’t have any Neymar’s or Messi’s to inflate their overall squad value, but they do have a whopping 10 players valued at £50 million or more. Isco, Asensio, Busquets and De Gea are among their highest priced players, and even they seem conservatively estimated. On the other end of the scale, backup goalkeeper Pepe Reina, now aged 35, is Spain’s lowest priced player with an estimated value of around £2 million.
1. France - £972 million
Top of this seven - but ever-so-narrowly missing out on the £1 billion mark - no-one will be surprised to see France feature in this seven. They have the enormously valuable star players like Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, the value of youth with players like Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, and the weight of numbers, with 10 players worth over £45 million. Mbappe is estimated to be France’s most valuable player following his recent big-money move to PSG, with Griezmann not far behind. Looking further down, Marseille duo Steve Mandanda and Adil Rami are France’s two lowest valued players, and the only two French players estimated to be worth less than £10 million.