Stars including Erling Haaland & Karim Benzema miss out on 2022 World Cup

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When the 2022 World Cup officially kicked off in Qatar on Sunday night, the new most valuable footballer in the World had to watch from home. Erling Haaland, upgraded to €170 million in the Premier League market value update earlier this month and now ranking ahead of Kylian Mbappé (€160m), failed to qualify with Norway despite scoring five goals in six games. Also, because the 22-year-old missed four important matches in the fall of 2021 due to injury, from which his teammates only got one win (2-0 against Montenegro). Haaland is one of a total of 21 players with a market value of over €50m who are not in action in Qatar, either because they did not qualify, because they are injured or because they were not called up.

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From Haaland to Ibrahimovic – These players did not qualify for the World Cup

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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In addition to Haaland, the former also applies to his Norwegian teammate Martin Ødegaard (€60m) and Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah (€80m/Egypt) and Luis Díaz (€75m/Colombia), as well as to Italy internationals Nicolò Barella (€70m), Federico Chiesa (€60m) and Alessandro Bastoni (€55m). Also not qualified are Victor Osimhen (€70m/Nigeria), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (€60m/Georgia), Milan Skriniar (€60m/Slovakia), Andrew Robertson (€55m/Scotland) and David Alaba (€55m/Austria), among others.

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Whether it is worse not to have qualified or not to be called up is probably debatable. In the higher market value range, the latter applies to players from Spain, England and France in particular. With a market value of €60m, Three Lions winger Jadon Sancho is the most valuable footballer, who was not called up for the tournament by his national team coach.

2022 World Cup: Cucurella not called up – James injured

Chelsea summer signing Marc Cucurella (€55m/Spain) is also missing in Qatar, although a competitor in the left-back position, José Gayà (€40m), has suffered a last-minute injury. The Valencia defender was replaced by Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde (€15m). The 19-year-old had never been called up by head coach Luis Enrique before. However, Cucurella has also only played for Spain once: 45 minutes in a friendly against Lithuania (4-0) in the summer of 2021.

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Particularly unlucky were the players who, like Gayà, picked up injuries at short notice. Among others, this happened to RB Leipzig’s Chelsea target Christopher Nkunku in a duel with Eduardo Camavinga when training with the French national team. Nkunku, with a market value of €80m one of the 25 most valuable footballers in the World, had to leave the camp. He was replaced by Randal Kolo Muani (€30m) of Eintracht Frankfurt. Karim Benzema will also have to watch the World Cup at home. The Ballon d’Or winner injured his left thigh in training on Saturday evening.

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Benzema, James & Co. – These players are missing the World Cup due to injuries

Christopher Nkunku (France/Leipzig) | Market value: €80m

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Reece James (England/Chelsea) | Market value: €70m

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Wesley Fofana (France/Chelsea) | Market value: €65m

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Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain/Real Sociedad) | Market value: €60m

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Sadio Mané (Senegal/Bayern) | Market value: €60m

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Diogo Jota (Portugal/Liverpool) | Market value: €55m

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Presnel Kimpembe (France/PSG) | Market value: €40m

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José Gayà (Spain/Valencia) | Market value: €40m

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Emile Smith Rowe (England/Arsenal) | Market value: €38m

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Ben Chilwell (England/Chelsea) | Market value: €38m

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Mike Maignan (France/AC Milan) | Market value: €35m

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Paul Pogba (France/Juventus) | Marktwert: 35 Mio. €

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Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid) | Market value: €35m

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Pedro Neto (Portugal/Wolverhampton) | Market value: €32m

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N’Golo Kanté (France/Chelsea) | Market value: €30m

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Timo Werner (Germany/Leipzig) | Market value: €25m

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Nicolás González (Argentina/Fiorentina) | Market value: €25m

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Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina/Villarreal) | Market value: €22m

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Joaquín Correa (Argentina/Inter) | Market value: €22m

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Florian Neuhaus (Germany/Gladbach) | Market value: €20m

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Lukas Nmecha (Germany/Wolfsburg) | Market value: €18m

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Moussa Niakhaté (Senegal/Nottingham) | Market value: €18m

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Arthur Melo (Brazil/Liverpool) | Market value: €18m

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Tecatito (Mexico/Sevilla) | Market value: €14m

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Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands/Roma) | Market value: €12m

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Bartlomiej Dragowski (Poland/Spezia Calcio) | Market value: €4.5m

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Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland/Lorient) | Market value: €3.5m

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Maxime Crépeau (Canada/Los Angeles FC) | Market value: €3m

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Bouna Sarr (Senegal/Bayern) | Market value: €2.5m

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Martin Boyle (Australia/Hibernian) | Market value: €2m

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Already much earlier, Chelsea defenders Reece James (€70m/England) and Wesley Fofana (€65m/France), who have been out injured since early and mid-October respectively, had to bury their World Cup dreams. Germany international Florian Wirtz (€70m) has since recovered from his cruciate ligament rupture, but the World Cup would have come too soon, as he himself admitted. Like Wirtz, Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal (€60m) has been out for months with a torn ACL as well.

Mané and Jota among most valuable players missing the World Cup

In addition to those mentioned so far, Sadio Mané (€60m/Senegal), whose absence was only recently confirmed, and Diogo Jota (€55m/Portugal) are also missing among the players with a market value of more than €50m. The Liverpool forward has been suffering from a calf injury since mid-October.

Three teams break €1b mark – All nations at the 2022 WC sorted by squad value

Qatar – Squad value: €14.9m

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Hosts

Costa Rica – Squad value: €18.8m

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Saudi Arabia – Squad value: €25.4m

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Australia – Squad value: €38.4m

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Iran – Squad value: €59.5m

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Tunisia – Squad value: €62.4m

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Ecuador – Squad value: €146.5m

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Japan – Squad value: €154m

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Cameroon – Squad value: €155m

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Wales – Squad value: €160.2m

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South Korea – Squad value: €164.5m

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Mexico – Squad value: €176.1m

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Canada – Squad value: €187.3m

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Ghana – Squad value: €216.9m

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Morocco – Squad value: €251.1m

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Poland – Squad value: €255.6m

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United States – Squad value: €277.4m

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Switzerland – Squad value: €281m

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Senegal – Squad value: €288m

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Denmark – Squad value: €353m

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Serbia – Squad value: €359.5m

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Croatia – Squad value: €377m

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Uruguay – Squad value: €449.7m

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Belgium – Squad value: €563.2m

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Netherlands – Squad value: €587.3m

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Argentina -Squad value: €645.2m

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Germany – Squad value: €885.5m

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Spain – Squad value: €902m

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Portugal – Squad value: €937m

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France – Squad value: €1.03b

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Brazil – Squad value: €1.14b

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England – Squad value: €1.26b

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