World Cup’s Most Valuable Teams: Which Squads Are Worth Most?

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England, who are gunning for their second World Cup title, are the most valuable team in Qatar, with Jude Bellingham topping the list of more than 800 players, a study has found. Here’s a look at how the other leading sides compare in the tournament:

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According to a study by Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, England’s 26-man squad has a transfer value of just under $1.54 billion, with 19-year-old Bellingham valued at $210 million.

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The Borussia Dortmund player enhanced his reputation as one of the world’s top young players by scoring a stunning goal in England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their tournament opener.

Brazil is second on the list with a transfer value of $1.5 billion. Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior was Brazil’s most valuable player with $208 million.

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Vinicius Junior of Brazil, right, and Andrija Zivkovic of Serbia vie for the ball during their World Cup Group G soccer match at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on November 24, 2022.

France were third with an estimated transfer value of $1.4 billion for their squad. Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe was the top French player with a net worth of $192.6 million.

The top three were followed by Spain ($1.25 billion), Portugal ($1.2 billion) and Germany ($1.06 billion).

The statistical technique used in the study to build the model was multiple linear regression, with fees paid by clubs as an independent variable.

The sample includes more than 2,000 transactions involving players transferred from clubs in five major European leagues from July 2012 to November 2021.

The total value of all the teams in the World Cup was estimated at $15.6 billion.

insurable value

According to analysis by Lloyd’s of London – supported by the Center for Economics and Business Research – teams were ranked on the basis of the collective insurable value of their players.

The England team topped the list with an estimated insurable value of $3.74 billion.

French players celebrate after Kylian Mbappe scores his third goal during the World Cup group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on November 22, 2022.

French players celebrate after Kylian Mbappe scores his third goal during the World Cup Group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on November 22, 2022.

They left behind France ($3.2 billion) and Brazil ($3.1 billion) to claim the top spot. Lloyds said the assessment of insurable value includes a variety of metrics such as salary, sponsorship, age and on-field positions.

Using this method to play out the tournament in full, Lloyds predicted that England – champions in 1966 – would top Group B in Qatar with knockout victories over Senegal, France, Spain and Brazil.

Bellingham was ranked the most insurable player, followed by Mbappe and Vinicius Jr.


Source: www.voanews.com

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