Nov 21 (Reuters) – England, in the pursuit of their second World Cup, have the most valuable squad in Qatar, according to a study, with Jude Bellingham topping a list of over 800 players. Here’s a look at how the other big teams are doing at the tournament:
According to a study by Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, England’s 26-man squad is worth just under €1.5bn ($1.54bn), with 19-year-old Bellingham valued at €202m.
The Borussia Dortmund player cemented his reputation as one of the best young players in the world with a superb goal in England’s 6-2 win over Iran in the tournament’s opening game.
In second place is Brazil with a transfer value of 1.45 billion euros. Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr was their most valuable player at €200m.
France finished third with an estimated transfer value of 1.34 billion for their squad. Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe was their best player with a valuation of €185m.
Spain (1.2 billion euros), Portugal (1.15 billion euros) and Germany (1.02 billion euros) followed in the top 3.
The statistical method used in the study to create the model was multiple linear regression, with fees paid by clubs serving as the independent variable.
The sample includes more than 2,000 transactions of players transferred from clubs in the five major European leagues between July 2012 and November 2021.
The total value of all teams at the World Cup was estimated at 15 billion euros.
According to an analysis by Lloyd’s of London – supported by the Center for Economics and Business Research – teams were ranked according to the collective insured value of their players.
England’s squad topped the list with an estimated £3.17 billion ($3.74 billion) in insured value.
They edged out France (£2.66bn) and Brazil (£2.56bn) to claim the top spot. According to Lloyd’s, assessing insurance value includes a variety of metrics such as wages, sponsorships, age and positions on the field.
Lloyd’s used this method to play out the tournament in full, predicting that England – champions from 1966 – will top Group B in Qatar and beat Senegal, France, Spain and Brazil in the knockout stages.
Bellingham was ranked as the most insurable player, followed by Mbappe and Vinicius Jr.
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Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, edited by Ed Osmond
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