10 most valuable World Cup teams and players (Infographic)

The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday and everyone is hoping their team can get out of their group and make a deep run in the tournament. Now the great thing about international competition is that the squads are determined by nationalities.

Though we’ve seen players with special situations that allow them to choose between two countries, like Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa of Brazil electing to play for Spain instead. The United States has benefitted from multiple players choosing to play for the red, white and blue instead. Most recently German youngster Julian Green, who plays for Bayern Munich, elected to play for the United States men’s national team.

Even with those special circumstances, a team is limited to players unlike club soccer where teams with the most money can buy players. But what if that is how it worked? Which team would be the most valuable?

The most valuable team, based on estimated transfer value, would be Brazil with a cumulative transfer value of $718 million. Let that number sink in for a second. The most valuable player on the Brazil roster is Neymar with an estimated transfer value of $88 million, and he isn’t the most valuable player in the tournament. Second is the defending World Cup champions Spain with a whopping $674 transfer value squad.

All in all, nine World Cup teams have a combined transfer value of $400 million or more.

Now think about the players who aren’t playing in the World Cup and aren’t on this list, like Wales’ Gareth Bale who has a record transfer to Real Madrid last summer from Tottenham Hotspur.

Check out the infographic from TheScore.com:

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