How much are national teams worth?

One of the more interesting pieces of statistical analysis that’s come out of this year’s World Cup comes from Frontier Economics, a leading European economic consultancy, who recently carried out an analysis of the economic value of the players from some of the World Cup’s most successful teams.

The study, concentrating on the 10 national teams that were the most likely to claim victory at this year’s World Cup, used data on past transfers to estimate the value of each player expected to play in the starting line-up of each team, and then combined the estimates for each player to establish a total for each of the 10 teams.

The results make for interesting reading: given that the Spanish line-up for the World Cup came out as the most valuable, with an estimated total of around $382 million, while Holland only placed eighth on the list with an estimated total of around $196 million.

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