Germany and Belgium depart – giants begin to fall as World Cup group stages reach conclusion

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Germany and Belgium depart – giants begin to fall as World Cup group stages reach conclusion

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Flick’s side knocked out 

Germany became the biggest giant to fall at the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, when Hansi Flick’s side were eliminated from the competition despite beating Costa Rica 4-2. The European side may have picked up a victory, but just one point from their first two games meant that they were destined to go tumbling out of the competition at the group stages due to Japan’s impressive 2-1 win over Spain. 

Although Germany weren’t considered among the favourites for the tournament, their early demise has undoubtedly sent shockwaves around the World. Indeed, Flick’s squad has a market value of €885 million, which is the fifth highest in the competition. Which goes some way to suggesting that Germany should have, at least, made it to the knock-out stages of the competition. 

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From €75m to €160m – The most valuable players at the 2022 World Cup

26 Neymar – Brazil – Market value: €75m

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25 Bruno Fernandes – Portugal – Market value: €75m

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24 Gabriel Jesus – Brazil – Market value: €75m

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23 Rúben Dias – Portugal – Market value: €75m

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22 Lautaro Martínez – Argentina – Market value: €75m

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21 Mason Mount – England – Market value: €75m

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20 Antony – Brazil – Market value: €75m

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19 Kevin De Bruyne – Belgium – Market value: €80m

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18 Bernardo Silva – Portugal – Market value: €80m

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17 Joshua Kimmich – Germany – Market value: €80m

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16 Rodri – Spain – Market value: €80m

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15 Declan Rice – England – Market value: €80m

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14 Aurélien Tchouameni – France – Market value: €80m

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13 Dušan Vlahović – Serbia – Market value: €80m

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12 Rodrygo – Brazil – Market value: €80m

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11 Rafael Leão – Portugal – Market value: €85m

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10 Harry Kane – England – Market value: €90m

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9 Bukayo Saka – England – Market value: €90m

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8 Gavi – Spain – Market value: €90m

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7 Federico Valverde – Uruguay – Market value: €100m

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6 Pedri – Spain – Market value: €100m

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5 Jamal Musiala – Germany – Market value: €100m

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4 Jude Bellingham – England – Market value: €100m

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3 Phil Foden – England – Market value: €110m

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2 Vinicius Junior – Brazil – Market value: €120m

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1 Kylian Mbappé – France – Market value: €160m

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However, Germany aren’t the only big upsets that this World Cup has already provided. Prior to Flick’s team being knocked out, Belgium made headlines with a hapless 0-0 draw against Croatia on Wednesday not only knocking them out of the competition at the group stages but also leading to head coach Roberto Martinez resigning immediately after the game. Although the Red Devils couldn’t lay claim to as impressive a squad market value as Germany, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard & Co. made up the ninth most valuable squad in the competition. 

And it’s unlikely that these two European nations will be the only big hitters to head home before the knock-out rounds have come to a conclusion. Depending on how Friday’s fixtures go, we’re likely to see one of Serbia (12th most valuable) or Switzerland (14th) get knocked out, as well as a potential elimination for tenth-placed Uruguay if results don’t also go their way. 

Germany and Belgium eliminated

Musiala and Kimmich head home – Valverde and Vlahović may join them 

These surprising knockouts to some of international football’s most established nations is also well reflected in the list of most valuable players at the tournament as some of the sport’s biggest names now depart the competition earlier than expected. For example, Germany international Jamal Musiala went into the competition as the fourth-most valuable player but now departs far earlier than he would have hoped. His compatriot Joshua Kimmich and Belgium star De Bruyne join him in the top 20 most valuable players in the competition to depart early. However, they may not be the only ones. 

Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde is considered one of football’s most impressive talents with a market value of €100m, but may also be on a flight home if results don’t go Uruguay’s way on Friday. So too could €80m striker Dušan Vlahović, whose Serbia side are also expected to get knocked out before the group stages draw to a conclusion. As such, before the World Cup can even get to the knockout rounds of the competition, fans from around the World may have to contend with the fact that no less than five of the 20 most valuable players at the competition may well not make it past the opening round. 

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Erling Haaland (Norway/Man City) | Market value: €170m

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Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool) | Market value: €80m

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Luis Díaz (Colombia/Liverpool) | Market value: €75m

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Victor Osimhen (Nigeria/Napoli) | Market value: €70m

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Nicolò Barella (Italy/Inter) | Market value: €70m

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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia/Napoli) | Market value: €60m

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Martin Ødegaard (Norway/Arsenal) | Market value: €60m

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Federico Chiesa (Italy/Juventus) | Market value: €60m

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Milan Skriniar (Slovakia/Inter) | Market value: €60m

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Alessandro Bastoni (Italy/Inter) | Market value: €55m

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Andrew Robertson (Scotland/Liverpool) | Market value: €55m

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David Alaba (Austria/Real Madrid) | Market value: €55m

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Sandro Tonali (Italy/Milan) | Market value: €50m

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Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden/Tottenham) | Market value: €50m

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Alexander Isak (Sweden/Newcastle) | Market value: €50m

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Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy/PSG) | Market value: €50m

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Marco Verratti (Italy/PSG) | Market value: €50m

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Lorenzo Pellegrini (Italy/Roma) | Market value: €45m

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Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic/West Ham) | Market value: €45m

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Ismaël Bennacer (Algeria/Milan) | Market value: €40m

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Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria/Leicester) | Market value: €40m

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Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Atlético) | Market value: €40m

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Jorginho (Italy/Chelsea) | Market value: €40m

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Patrik Schick (Czech Republic/Leverkusen) | Market value: €38m

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Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary/Leipzig) | Market value: €35m

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Giacomo Raspadori (Italy/Napoli) | Market value: €35m

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Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast/Barcelona) | Market value: €35m

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Sébastien Haller (Ivory Coast/BVB) | Market value: €35m

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Hakan Calhanoglu (Türkiye/Inter) | Market value: €35m

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Yves Bissouma (Mali/Tottenham) | Market value: €32m

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Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast/Crystal Palace) | Market value: €32m

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Nicolò Zaniolo (Italy/Roma) | Market value: €30m

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Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso/Leverkusen) | Market value: €30m

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Gianluca Scamacca (Italy/West Ham) | Market value: €30m

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Manuel Locatelli (Italy/Juventus) | Market value: €30m

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Seko Fofana (Ivory Coast/Lens) | Market value: €30m

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Riyad Mahrez (Algeria/FturkMan City) | Market value: €30m

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Konrad Laimer (Austria/Leipzig) | Market value: €28m

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Mohamed Camara (Mali/Monaco) | Market value: €25m

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Boubacar Kamara (France/Aston Villa) | Market value: €25m

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Merih Demiral (Türkiye/Atalanta) | Market value: €25m

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Leon Bailey (Jamaica/Aston Villa) | Market value: €25m

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Davide Calabria (Italy/Milan) | Market value: €25m

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Davinson Sánchez (Colombia/Tottenham) | Market value: €25m

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Amir Rrahmani (Kosovo/Napoli) | Market value: €25m

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Reinildo Mandava (Mozambique/Atlético) | Market value: €25m

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Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Italy/Napoli) | Market value: €25m

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Eljif Elmas (North Macedonia/Napoli) | Market value: €23m

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Domenico Berardi (Italy/Sassuolo) | Market value: €23m

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Ciro Immobile (Italy/Lazio) | Market value: €23m

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Hamed Junior Traorè (Ivory Coast/Sassuolo) | Market value: €22m

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Davide Frattesi (Italy/Sassuolo) | Market value: €22m

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Xaver Schlager (Austria/Leipzig) | Market value: €22m

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Aleksandr Golovin (Russia/Monaco) | Market value: €22m

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Caglar Söyüncü (Türkiye/Leicester) | Market value: €22m

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Saïd Benrahma (Algeria/West Ham) | Market value: €22m

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Nicolas Pépé (Ivory Coast/Nice) | Market value: €22m

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Odilon Kossounou (Ivory Coast/Leverkusen) | Market value: €20m

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Moise Kean (Italy/Juventus) | Market value: €20m

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Christoph Baumgartner (Austria/Hoffenheim) | Market value: €20m

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Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria/Villarreal) | Market value: €20m

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Patson Daka (Zambia/Leicester) | Market value: €20m

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Bryan Cristante (Italy/Roma) | Market value: €20m

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Naby Keïta (Guinea/Liverpool) | Market value: €20m

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Miguel Almirón (Paraguay/Newcastle) | Market value: €20m

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Wilmar Barrios (Colombia/Zenit) | Market value: €20m

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Matteo Politano (Italy/Napoli) | Market value: €20m

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Geoffrey Kondogbia (Central African Republic/Atlético) | Market value: €20m

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Manor Solomon (Israel/Fulham) | Market value: €18m

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Mbemba (DR Congo/Marseille) | Market value: €17m

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Konstantinos Mavropanos (Greece/Stuttgart) | Market value: €15m

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Antonin Barak (Czech Republic/Fiorentina) | Market value: €12m

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/AC Milan) | Market value: €3m

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