The most valuable teams in the World Cup: Which teams are the most valuable? | World Cup in Qatar 2022

England are the most valuable team at the Qatar 2022 World Cup with an estimated transfer value of $1.54 billion, according to the study.

England have the most valuable squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the team’s Jude Bellingham topping a list of more than 800 footballers in terms of transfers, according to a study.

According to a study by Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, England’s 26-man squad is worth just under €1.5 billion ($1.54 billion) in transfer value, while 19-year-old Bellingham is valued at €202 million ($207.4 million).

The Borussia Dortmund player enhanced his reputation as one of the world’s top young players with a superb goal in England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their World Cup opener on Monday.

England's Jude Bellingham celebrates after the match against Iran at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar.
England’s Jude Bellingham celebrates after the match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, November 21, 2022. [Lee Smith/Reuters]

Here’s how other big football teams compare at the World Cup:

Transfer value

Brazil are second on the list behind England with a transfer value of 1.45 billion euros ($1.49 billion), and Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior was their most valuable player at 200 million euros ($205 million).

Vinicius Junior from Brazil
Vinicius Junior from Brazil [Massimo Pinca/Reuters]

France was third with an estimated shipping value of 1.34 billion ($1.38 billion) for its group. Paris St Germain (PSG) forward Kylian Mbappe was their leading player, with a value of 185 million euros ($190 million).

France's Kylian Mbappe in action during the 2018 World Cup match between France and Peru at Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
France’s Kylian Mbappe in action during the 2018 World Cup match between France and Peru at Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia. [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]

The top three were followed by Spain at €1.2 billion ($1.23 billion), Portugal at €1.15 billion ($1.18 billion) and Germany at €1.02 billion ($1.05 billion). .

The CIES Football Observatory estimates the total value of all teams at the 2022 World Cup at 15 billion euros ($15.4 billion) based on statistical techniques that include more than 2,000 player transfers from clubs in the five major European leagues between July 2012 to November 2021.

Insured value:

In terms of insurable value, England again topped the list of World Cup teams with an estimated insurable value of 3.17 billion pounds ($3.76 billion), according to analysis by Lloyd’s of London and supported by the Center for Economics and Business Research.

England pipped France at £2.66 billion ($3.15 billion) and Brazil at £2.56 billion ($3.04 billion) to take the top spot.

Lloyd’s said the assessment of insurable value includes a number of metrics such as salary, sponsorship, age and on-field positions.

Bellingham was rated the most insured player, followed by Mbappe and Vinicius Jr.

Lloyd’s model is based on the belief that the quality of a team can be assessed by measuring factors such as player salaries, signing revenue and age, with the value of a team being a good indicator of its ability on the pitch.

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