The group stage of Euro 2020 is coming to an end. Some of the teams have comfortably made their way into the next round of the tournament while some of the teams are still fighting hard for this position. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, South American teams are competing in Copa America.
Knockout stages in both competitions are going to bring a lot of excitement. Whatever the results are going to be, but one cannot simply ignore the fact that there are a number of teams in both competitions that are financial powerhouses. Let’s look at some of the most valuable teams in the world right now as per Transfermarkt.
The Red-Devils has been one of the best teams in the world over the past few years. The golden generation of Belgium includes some of the biggest names like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and Thibaut Courtois playing for some of the best clubs in the world. Belgium is currently the world number one in the FIFA World Rankings and has retained this spot for quite a few years now.
In terms of their performance in the previous competition, Belgium finished 3rd in the World Cup 2018. Belgium’s national squad has a current market value of €773.5M million. The golden generation is running out with time to bring glory. They have started brilliantly in Euro 2020, but the valuable stars will have to step into the knockout stages to become the champions of Europe.
The five-time-world champions and the current South American champions have football embedded in their history, so it is not a surprise to see them on the list. Brazil currently playing in Copa America in their homeland and they are off to a good start as they have won 2 group stage games against Venezuela and Peru.
Brazil currently boasts an exciting array of talents such as Neymar Jr, Casemiro, Allison, Marquinhos, and Roberto Firmino who are a part of some of the top clubs in Europe. Neymar Jr. himself is the most expensive player in the history of the game. Selecao currently holds a market value of €865.3 million. Brazil is favourite to lift the title as their valuable players have also been playing quality football on the pitch.
The German National team has endured a lull period after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They were knocked out in the Euro 2016 semi-final by France. They were less than convincing in the previous World Cup campaign after exiting in the group stages and failed to defend the title.
Despite a string of poor years, the German squad holds a value of €926.5 million. The current squad boasts multiple star players such as Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz, and Antonio Rudiger. German players have excelled in the Champions League in the last two years, so it is not surprising to see the current squad having a significant value. Germany is not favourite to lift Euro 2020, but the remarkable performance against Portugal last weekend showed that they cannot be taken lightly.
The current World Champions have some of the best group of players at their disposal. France is outright favorites to win Euro 2020 after suffering defeat in the final five years ago. It is not a surprise to consider Les Bleus as favourite since the current squad boasts a market value of €1.24 billion.
The French team has some of the best players in the world such as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Raphael Varane. Mbappe is the second most expensive player in the history of football. France has some impressive talent in lower age group teams, so they will always be amongst the most valuable national teams in the world.
The English national team is stacked with some extraordinary talents in every position. The current group of English players is possibly the most talented group the football-loving country has produced in years. England has not won a trophy since 1966, so there are big expectations from the current squad that has a remarkable value of €1.29 billion.
The current squad has three players that could make some big money moves in the summer. Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, and Jack Grealish are expected to command a remarkable fee in the current transfer market. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is one of the most valuable young players in the world. England has a remarkable squad going into Euro 2020, but they await a tough draw in the round of 16.