With just three days to go until the World Cup kicks off, the CIES Football Observatory has published the ranking of the 32 competing teams according to the total value of the squad, which is estimated from the CIES’ algorithm.
And with a value of 1.410 billion euros, the French squad tops the ranking ahead of the curtain raiser in Moscow on Thursday. Les Bleus’ are joined in the billion-dollar club by England in second (1.386 billion) and Brazil in third (1.269 billion). Spain comes in fourth at 965 million, and Argentina fifth (925 million).
The lowest fivenking teams, meanwhile, are Tunisia (58 million), Costa Rica (49 million), Iran (40 million), Saudi Arabia (21 million) and Panama (15 million).
Harry Kane world's most expensive player
According to the CIES algorithm, England’s Harry Kane is currently the world’s most player. The Tottenham striker, who has just renewed his contract with the club, is a valued at 201 million euros, ahead of Neymar (196 million), France’s Kylian Mbappé (187 million) and Leo Messi (184 million). Ballon D’or winner Cristian Ronaldo is way down the list in 24th place, mainly due to his age. The 34-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal star is valued at 103 million euros.
Here is the CIES List of the 32 teams: