England are the most valuable team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with an estimated transfer value of around $1.54 billion, research says.
England’s 26-man squad is worth just under 1.5 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in transfer value, with 19-year-old Bellingham valued at 202 million euros ($1.54 billion), according to a study by Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory. 207.4 million).
The Borussia Dortmund player cemented his reputation as one of the world’s best young players with a brilliant goal in England’s 6-2 win about Iran in the opener of their World Cup tournament on Monday.
Here’s a look at how the other major football teams compare to the World Cup tournament:
Brazil is second on the list after England with a transfer value of 1.45 billion euros ($1.49 billion), and Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior was their most valuable player with 200 million euros ($205 million).
France came third with an estimated transfer value of 1.34 billion ($1.38 billion) for their team. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Kylian Mbappe was their top player, worth 185 million euros ($190m).
The CIES Football Observatory estimated the total value of all squads at the 2022 World Cup at 15 billion euros ($15.4 billion) based on a statistical technique involving more than 2,000 transactions from players who had transferred from clubs in the five major European competitions in the period from July 2012 to November 2021.
In terms of insurable value, the England team once again topped the list of World Cup teams with an estimated insurable value of £3.17 billion ($3.76 billion), according to an analysis by Lloyd’s of London and supported by the Center for Economics and BusinessResearch.
England beat France with £2.66 billion ($3.15 billion) and Brazil with £2.56 billion ($3.04 billion) to claim first place.
Lloyd’s said its insurable value assessment includes a variety of metrics, such as wages, sponsorship, age and positions on the field.
Bellingham was rated the most insurable player, followed by Mbappé and Vinicius Jr.
Lloyd’s model is based on the belief that the quality of a team can be judged by measuring factors such as player salaries, earnings from endorsements, and ages, as a team’s value is a good indicator of its on-field talent.