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Top 10 most expensive squads at World Cup

  • Published at 08:45 pm June 14th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:46 pm June 14th, 2018
France players line up during the national anthems before the World Cup warm-up match against USA at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France on June 9, 2018 Reuters

Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018, reports Telegraph.co.uk.

We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament.

This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. 

Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is.

So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out.

1. France: £950.4m

France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn.

Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m.

Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined.

2. Spain: £906.4m

Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m.

Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value.

The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m).

3. Brazil: £863.3m

Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s.

Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players.

4. Germany: £777m

The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value.

The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament.

Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players.

5. England: £769.1m

The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can.

Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures.

Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation.

6. Belgium: £663.5m

With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m.

The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G.

The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m).

7. Argentina: £612.5m

Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m.

Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad.

8. Portugal: £408.8m

Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal.

Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m.

9. Uruguay: £327.8m

Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal.

In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of  José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m).

10. Croatia: £316.8m

Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m.

The squad is both well-balanced and strong.

Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m.

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