- Erling Haaland is currently the world's most valuable player but will not feature at the FIFA World Cup
- English players are well represented in the world's most valuable XI thanks to Bellingham, Foden and James
- Barcelona's Pedri and Real Madrid's Federico Valverde are valued the same as Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will see some of football’s most valuable players try to help their countries to international glory.
The tournament will also provide youngsters with a chance to play against some of the best stars on the planet - and make a name for themselves in the process.
Ahead of the global showcase in Qatar, Transfermarkt has released the world’s most valuable team. These are the most valuable players in the world in their respective positions in a 4-3-3 formation, with a total team worth of €1.1 billion.
Transfermarkt’s most valuable team:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – Belgium (€60m)
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The Real Madrid shot-stopper has endured a difficult start to the season, but remains one of the best keepers in the world. Valued at €60m, he is comfortably ahead of big-name keepers like Alisson and Ederson. The Liverpool star is valued at €50m, and the Manchester City keeper is valued at €45m.
Defenders: Marquinhos – Brazil (€70m), Ruben Dias – Portugal (€75m), Matthijs De Ligt – the Netherlands (€70m), Reece James – England (€70m)
Of the four defenders in the team, only James will not be at the World Cup. The Chelsea man was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury. Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos, Manchester City’s Dias and Bayern Munich’s De Ligt have all been in fine form for their clubs and will be looking to continue that in Qatar.
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham – England (€100m); Jamal Musiala – Germany (€100m), Phil Foden – England (€110m)
England are well represented in the middle of the park for the world 11. Manchester City’s Foden can’t stop scoring for his side, and neither can Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham or Bayern Munich’s Musiala.
Musiala could have played for England but chose to represent Germany instead. Barcelona’s Pedri and Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde are also valued at €100m, and could replace either Musiala or Bellingham.
Attackers: Vinicius Junior – Brazil (€120m), Kylian Mbappe – France (€160m), Erling Haaland – Norway (€170m)
The lethal front three is comprised of a Real Madrid player, a Paris Saint-Germain player and a Manchester City star. While Vini Jr and Mbappe will be at the World Cup, Haaland won’t.
Norway failed to qualify for the tournament, meaning that the World Cup will be denied seeing the world’s most valuable player competing in it. Haaland became the most valuable player by surpassing Mbappe this year, Marca reported.
World Cup: most expensive squads
The 2022 World Cup will be headlined by some of the world's finest footballers once the competition kicks off on Sunday, November 20.
The spectacle will feature top football talent plying their trade in the most prestigious leagues, including the English Premier League, the Serie A, La Liga and the French Ligue 1.
With 32 teams participating in the competition, some teams will naturally arrive with incredibly valuable squads, Sports Brief reported.