Sporting Intelligence, using data from Transfermarkt, compiled the approximate transfer values for every team and player at Euro 2012. Not surprisingly, having the best players correlates strongly with success. Four of the top six most valuable teams are in the quarterfinals. The other two, England and France, were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Spain’s squad is worth $902 million, for an incredible average of $39.2 million per player. The next highest Germany is worth just $629 million. The big two are followed by England ($537m), France ($466m), Portugal ($461m) and Italy ($405m). The most valuable side to be eliminated was the Netherlands ($378m). The least valuable side to reach the knockout stages was Greece ($74m).
The top five players are POR – Cristiano Ronaldo ($123m), ENG – Wayne Rooney ($89m), SPA – Andres Iniesta ($89m), SPA – Cesc Fabregas ($75m), SPA – David Silva ($63m).
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