Euro 2020 is in full swing. Already all the teams have played one match, and during this time, there was a stack of new records, anti-records, achievements and other things. Even before the start of the tournament, bookmakers named the Euro favourites and compiled a rating of the best participants of the continental championship. We will now pay attention to another, no less exciting rating — the ten most expensive national teams for Euro 2020.
Turkey (325 million euros)
There are several big names in the Turkish team. But in general, the Turkish national team has a reasonably modest composition, including by financial standards. The most expensive player in the group is Chaglar Seyunju. The Leicester defender is valued at 45 million euros. AC Milan midfielder Hakan Chalhanoglu, considered perhaps the main star in the Turkish national team, is worth 10 million less. In general, the Turks have a lot of players who are estimated below 10 million euros. Among them is the team captain Burak Yilmaz. The top scorer of “Lille” is estimated at only 2.8 million euros. So far, Turkey has not shown anything remarkable at the Euro, but this team has at least two more chances.
Croatia (375.8 million euros)
The composition of Croatia is not much more expensive than that of Turkey, but there are more big names here. Dejan Lovren, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Pasalic, Marcelo Brozovic — are experienced and well-known players throughout Europe who have achieved a lot with their clubs. Luka Modric is the winner of the “Golden Ball”. The Kovacic mentioned above is the most expensive player in the “checkered” team. The Chelsea midfielder is valued at 45 million euros. The vice-champions of the world at the continental championship started with a defeat in the match against the national team of England. After the high bar set at the 2018 World Cup, Croatia is now expected to perform new feats. It’s not working yet, but there’s still time.
Netherlands (637.1 million euros)
The Netherlands now has a relatively young, but at the same time, quite experienced national team, which includes representatives of the best European clubs. How Frank de Boer will manage this team is another matter. At Euro 2020, the “orange” have so far played one very nervous match against the national team of Ukraine. The game ended with the victory of the Dutch national team with a score of 3:2. The most expensive player on the team is Frankie de Jong. The Barcelona midfielder is valued at 90 million euros. In general, the Netherlands has enough players with a reasonable transfer price. For many of them, the European Championship is an excellent opportunity to leave the Eredivisie and move to more prestigious European clubs. Let’s see who uses their chances and how.
Belgium (669.4 million euros)
Belgium is one of the favourites of Euro 2020, according to bookmakers. This is logical, given that the team has stars of European and even global scale. The most expensive players of the Belgian national squad are Inter forward Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. Both players are estimated at 100 million euros. A lot is expected of them at this tournament. And in general, after the third place in the World Championship from Roberto Martinez and his guys are waiting for new achievements in the continental championship. At Euro 2020, Belgium started with a confident victory over the Russian national team with a 3:0. But this is hardly a telling result for one of the most promising teams in the Old World. The real challenges for the Belgians are ahead.
Italy (764 million euros)
The Italian national team now looks very decent. “Squadra Azzurra” is being revived under the leadership of Roberto Mancini and has every chance of a resounding success in the coming years. Or maybe at the current tournament. The Italians have not lost for almost three years, and in the last eight matches, they have not conceded a single goal in their dream. At Euro 2020, Roberto Mancini’s players started well, defeating Turkey with a 3:0. The most expensive player in the Italian national team is Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, estimated at 65 million euros. Only 5 million behind him are Gianluigi Donnarumma, Federico Chiesa and Alessandro Bastoni. The Italians are now forming a sound generation of football players who have a great future.
Portugal (872.5 million euros)
Portugal always has a good team for every big tournament. The European Championship is no exception. The wards of Fernando Santos got off to a good start at the World Cup, producing a complex but essential victory over Hungary. The Portuguese now have a good fusion of youth and experience. This team will defend the title of European champion. The most expensive player in the Portuguese national team is Joao Feliz. The transfer price of the Atletico forward is 90 million euros. Feliz, in addition, is also the most expensive player in the history of the Madrid club. So far, the player does not show the expected performance, but, perhaps, just at the CHE, he will show that he is worth his money.
Spain (906.5 million euros)
Luis Enrique has chosen an interesting, experimental and even slightly risky squad for the Euro. At the same time, the “red fury” has a lot of high-quality performers who can and must prove themselves well at the continental championship. The most expensive player in the Spanish national team right now is Marcos Llorente. The Atletico midfielder is valued at 80 million euros. As for the unit itself, the “red fury” did not start at the Euro in the best way – with a goalless draw in the match against Sweden. But Enrique and his team have time to fix the situation.
Germany (936.5 million euros)
After Euro 2020, the German national team is waiting for significant changes. Joachim Loew will leave his post after 15 years with the country’s top team. Of course, the specialist wants to complete his cycle in the Bundestim in the best possible way. It is too early to predict how far Germany may go. The start to the World Cup turned out to be bad for the Germans: Mats Hummels ’ own goal led to a defeat in the match against France. The most expensive player in the Bundestim is Jozua Kimmich. The Bayern midfielder is valued at 90 million euros. The football player fully corresponds to this money. Kimmich is one of the key players for both the Munich club and the German national team. The European Championship is an excellent opportunity for him to gain a foothold in the status of the leader of the Bundestim.
France (1.03 billion euros)
The French national team has a scattering of world-class stars, which is why its composition is rated so highly. In addition, the French are the main favourites of Euro 2020. The most expensive player in the French national team is Kylian Mbappe. The transfer price of the PSG forward is 160 million euros. Now he is the most expensive football player in the world. Of the French declared for the CHE, no one else is worth even 100 million euros. But the composition of the “tricolour” is still stellar and expensive. The world champions must reach the final of the continental championship. A relegation at any other stage of the tournament will be considered a failure.
England (1.27 billion euros)
England has the most expensive squad for Euro 2020. At the same time, it cannot be said that the “lions” have a star team. The English have relatively young, promising and, accordingly, expensive players. There are so many of them that there was not enough space for everyone in the European Championship bid. But the most expensive player in the England team is already quite experienced, Harry Kane. The Tottenham forward is estimated to be worth 120 million euros. The future of the Spurs striker is one of the most exciting topics of the off-season, but so far, the player’s thoughts are only connected with the national team and successful performance at the Euro. The beginning was laid in the winning match against Croatia. Kane may not have scored in that match, but he remains the main hope of the English at the Euros.