Spain pip Brazil as most ex­pen­sive squad

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Spain, Ar­gentina and Brazil have the most ex­pen­sive squads of the 32 sides com­pet­ing in the World Cup in June, Brazil­ian fi­nan­cial daily Valor re­ported on Mon­day.

The squad of reign­ing cham­pi­ons Spain is worth an es­ti­mated €486.9 mil­lion, ahead of €474.1 mil­lion for Ar­gentina and €470.2 mil­lion for hosts Brazil, ac­cord­ing to sports anal­y­sis con­sul­tancy Pluri Con­sul­to­ria.

The com­pany val­ued Ger­many’s squad at €445.6 mil­lion with France com­ing in ahead of Eng­land at €398.6 mil­lion for Les Bleus to €354.2 mil­lion for Roy Hodg­son’s hope­fuls.

Bel­gium’s squad out­ranks Italy at €336.1 mil­lion to €322.4 mil­lion for the Az­zurri.

The re­port ranked Ar­gentina and Barcelona su­per­star Lionel Messi as the high­est-val­ued player at €138.1 mil­lion de­spite a 1.4 per­cent drop in his es­ti­mated price over the past year.

Por­tu­gal and Real Madrid for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo saw his es­ti­mated value rise 11.4 per­cent over the past year af­ter he landed the world player of the year ac­co­lade - but he still trails Messi by more than €30 mil­lion.

At €107.3 mil­lion, Ron­aldo’s es­ti­mated cur­rent mar­ket value is more than a third of the €287 mil­lion for the en­tire Por­tu­gal squad.

Hon­duras bring up the rear with their squad val­ued at just €32.3 mil­lion - or less than one quar­ter of Messi and half the es­ti­mated €67.4 mil­lion for Brazil and Barcelona star Ney­mar, whose price tag is up 22.5 per­cent on last year.

The val­ues are based on 77 cri­te­ria in­clud­ing age, tech­ni­cal abil­ity, fit­ness and also mar­ket­ing clout up to the date of the par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions’ last out­ings.

The con­sul­tancy will up­date its val­ues af­ter the fi­nal squads are un­veiled on May 7.

Iker Casil­las of Span­ish na­tional foot­ball team holds the tro­phy dur­ing the Span­ish team’s vic­tory pa­rade fol­low­ing their vic­tory over the Nether­lands in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on July 12, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

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