The value of each squad is based on the combined estimated value of each of their 23 squad members, so here are the 7 least valuable squads at the 2018 World Cup:
7. Tunisia - £53 million
England’s first Group G opponents, many people won’t know much about the Tunisian national team. They are a side in which the whole is very much greater than the sum of its parts, and that is reflected in the overall value of their squad. Tunisia will be well-drilled, well-organised and tough to break down, but they don’t really have any big names. Sunderland midfielder Wahbi Khazri is considered to be Tunisia’s joint most valuable player at £9 million, and 10 of their 23 man squad are valued at less than £1 million pounds.
6. Australia - £45 million
Daniel Arzani of Australia takes part during an Australia Socceroos training session ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Stadium Trudovye Rezervy on June 12, 2018 in Kazan, Russia.
With a few very harshly valued players, most notably Daniel Arzani who presumably just hasn’t played enough football to be properly valued, Australia’s squad is ranked as the sixth least valuable at the 2018 World Cup. Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy and Brighton shot stopper Matthew Ryan are considered the Socceroos most prized assets, with 38-year-old Tim Cahill and twice-capped Newcastle Jets star Dimitri Petratos at the opposite end of the scale.
5. Iran - £39 million
This summers World Cup will be Iran’s fifth appearance at a final, but this is arguably their most competitive squad in history. In terms of individual player value, Sardar Azmoun and Alireza Jahanbakhsh unsurprisingly lead the way, but a whopping 19 of Iran’s 23 included players are valued at less than £2 million.
4. Costa Rica - £37 million
Keylor Navas of Costa Rica during the International friendly match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7, 2018 in Leeds, England.
Maybe the most surprising valuation in this seven, or even in the entire tournament, primarily because Costa Rica go into this tournament off the back of an impressive showing at the 2014 World Cup, where they topped the so-called ‘Group of Death’. Keylor Navas accounts for more than 40% of Costa Rica’s overall squad value on his own, with Celso Borges and Joel Campbell rated as the next most valuable at £3.6 million and £2.7 million respectively.
3. Peru - £34 million
Some people’s dark horses for the World Cup finals in Russia, this may be Peru’s first appearance at a World Cup since 1982, but they are undefeated in their last 15 games - a run stretching back to November 2016 - and even then they only lost to Brazil. One of the reasons for Peru’s low valuation is because many of their best players, such as Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero, are already in their mid 30’s. For that reason, Benfica’s Andre Carrillo who spent last season on-loan at Watford, is Peru’s highest valued player.
2. Saudi Arabia - £17 million
The Saudi Arabia defense tries to clear the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
20 of Saudi Arabia’s 23 players at the 2018 World Cup play in the Saudi Professional League, whilst the other three play in La Liga. The Saudi national team qualified for the World Cup finishing ahead of Australia in their qualifying group, but they are the joint longest odds to win the tournament. Only three of the country's players at the finals are valued at more than £1 million.
1. Panama - £8 million
The team who are the joint longest odds to win the 2018 World Cup, tied with Saudi Arabia, is unsurprisingly Panama. Making their first ever appearance at a World Cup finals, Panama’s entire squad is valued at less than what West Brom paid to sign Jake Livermore, and about 23% of what Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll seven years ago. Panama’s highest valued player is Anibal Godoy, with an estimated market value of just over £700,000. The country’s least valuable player in financial terms heading to Russia is 37-year-old forward Blas Perez, supposedly worth just over £100,000 - which is what Danny Drinkwater reportedly earns in a week.
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