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Here's how much every team at the 2018 World Cup is worth

With Neymar Been the world's most expensive footballer, transferring to Paris Saint Germain for more than €200 million last summer.
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  • Around £9 billion ($12 billion) worth of players will be on show at this year's World Cup in Russia.
  • The world's top three players - Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - are worth more than the nine least valuable teams combined.
  • Scroll down to see how much each squad is worth, from lowest to highest.

In football, cash is king, and while the World Cup is a welcome break for most of us from the ludicrous transfer fees and ever rising price of replica shirts, there's still an awful lot of money involved.

But which team at this summer's World Cup, which starts on Thursday in Moscow, is worth the most money in the market?

Using data from football data site Transfermarkt, analysts at Dutch bank ING have calculated that around £9 billion ($12 billion) will be on show at the tournament, with Spain being the most valuable team - it's worth more than £900 million ($1.2 billion).

Big European and South American sides dominate the upper echelons of player worth, while minnows like Panama and Saudi Arabia dwell at the bottom end of the charts.

In fact, the world's top three players - Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - are worth more than the nine least valuable teams combined, ING calculated.

"Some say the football market is highly inflated - and it's certainly astonishing to see the significant increase in team values from the last World Cup," Ian Bright, a senior economist at ING said. "But whether you truly get value for money is a question that only fans can answer."

Check out how much every squad at the World Cup is worth below.

32. Panama

Reuters

Squad value: £8.7 million ($11.7 million)

 

 


31. Saudi Arabia

Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Squad value: £15.1 million ($20.2 million)

 

 


30. Peru

Getty Images

Squad value: £32.6 million ($43.6 million)

 

 


29. Costa Rica

Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Squad value: £37.02 million ($49.5 million)

 

 


28. Iran

Amin M. Jamali/Getty Images

Squad value: £37.4 million ($50 million)

 

 


27. Australia

REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Squad value: £43.6 million ($58.4 million)

 

 


26. Tunisia

Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Squad value: £46.2 million ($61.8 million)

 

 


25. Japan

Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Squad value: £61.5 million ($82.3 million)

 

 


24. Iceland

Lars Baron/Getty Images

Squad value: £65.1 million ($87.1 million)

 

 


23. South Korea

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Squad value: £74.2 million ($96.9 million)

 

 


22. Sweden

Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images

Squad value: £103.4 million ($138.4 million)

 

 


21. Russia

Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Squad value: £104.6 million ($140 million)

 

 


20. Morocco

Antonio Calanni/Getty Images

Squad value: £105.5 million ($141.2 million)

 

 


19. Nigeria

Photo courtesy of Nike

Squad value: £115.1 million ($154 million)

 

 


18. Mexico

Bob Levey/Getty Images

Squad value: £129.4 million ($173.2 million)

 

 

 


17. Egypt

Mo Salah wearing the Egypt away kit.
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Robert Hradil/Getty Images

Squad value: £172.9 million ($231.4 million)

 

 


16. Switzerland

REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Squad value: £187.1 million ($250.4 million)

 

 


15. Serbia

Getty Images

Squad value: £211.2 million ($282.6 million)

 

 


14. Denmark

Michael Regan/Getty Images

Squad value: £223.6 million ($299.2 million)

 

 


13. Colombia

Getty Images

Squad value: £223.8 million ($299.5 million)

 

 


12. Poland

Andrew Halseid-Budd/Getty Images

Squad value: £230.3 million ($308.2 million)

 

 


11. Senegal

Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Squad value: £247.8 million ($331.6 million)

 

 


10. Croatia

Antonio Bronic / Reuters

Squad value: £302.5 million ($405 million)

Most valuable player: Ivan Rakitic - £44 million ($59 million)

 


9. Uruguay

REUTERS/Francois Xavier Marit/

Squad value: £323.4 million ($432.8 million)

Most valuable player: Luis Suarez - £61.5 million ($82.3 million)

 


8. Portugal

Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Squad value: £411.04 million ($550 million)

Most valuable player: Cristiano Ronaldo - £87.9 million ($117.7 million)

 


7. Argentina

Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Squad value: £614.2 million ($822 million)

Most valuable player: Lionel Messi - £158.2 million ($211.7 million)

 


6. Belgium

Getty Images

Squad value: £660.9 million ($884.6 million)

Most valuable player: Kevin De Bruyne - £131.9 million ($176.5 million)

 


5. England

Ian Walton/Getty Images

Squad value: £769.1 million ($1.02 billion)

Most valuable player: Harry Kane - £131.9 million ($176.7 million)


4. Germany

Michael Dalder / Reuters

Squad value: £771.8 million ($1.03 billion)

Most valuable player: Toni Kroos - £70.3 million ($94.1 billion)

 


3. Brazil

Getty Images

Squad value: £808.01 million ($1.08 billion)

Most valuable player: Neymar - £158.2 million ($212 million)

 


2. France

Reuters

Squad value: £907.7 million ($1.215 billion)

Most valuable player: Kylian Mbappe - £105.5 million ($141 million)

 


1. Spain

David Ramos / Getty

Squad value: £910.8 million ($1.21 billion)

Most valuable player: Sergio Busquets - £70.3 million ($94 million)

Source: nordic.businessinsider.com

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