Ranking every Euro 2020 squad by their transfer value: England top…
Euro 2020 is almost here and we are beside ourselves with excitement.
But who has the best squad? Having the best players isn’t always a guarantee of success at international tournaments but possessing a deep squad should come in handy considering the compressed nature of the 2020-21 season.
We’ve ranked every squad participating at Euro 2020 based on their cumulative worth on Transfermarkt from lowest to highest.
24. Finland – €44.6million
Average player value: €1.72m
Most valuable player: Teemu Pukki (€7m)
Finland have their work cut out from a group containing three teams that reached the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup (Belgium, Denmark and Russia).
And, despite the presence of Norwich hotshot Pukki, the debutants have the least valuable squad in the tournament.
23. North Macedonia – €61.8million
Average player value: €2.38m
Most valuable player: Eljif Elmas (€17m)
The other Euro newbies caused a stir with their 2-1 win over Germany in a recent World Cup qualifier.
But their squad, populated with little-known players from leagues across eastern Europe, barely scrapes €60million – the England squad contains nine players worth more on their own.
Still, Ezgjan Alioski – valued at €5million – is available on a free transfer this summer, having seen out his contract with Leeds United, and may see this as an opportunity to put himself in the shop window.
22. Hungary – €74.85million
Average player value: €2.88m
Most valuable player: Willi Orban (€16m)
Hungary have the toughest task in the competition – their group games will be against Portugal, France and Germany.
Having experienced a mini-renaissance in recent years, Hungarian hopes were still high until the injury to RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.
Without him, their squad looks light on star quality which is reflected in our list.
Good luck, lads.
21. Slovakia – €131.1million
Average player value: €5.04m
Most valuable player: Milan Skriniar (€60m)
Skriniar accounts for almost half of Slovakia’s total squad valuation on his own.
Lacking the novelty of Finland and North Macedonia, or the doomed nature of Hungary, the Slovakians are arguably the least regarded team in this summer’s tournament.
But the presence of Martin Dubravka and veteran Marek Hamsik could boost their chances in Group E.
20. Wales – €176.75million
Average player value: €6.8m
Most valuable player: Gareth Bale (€18m)
The first surprise on this list.
True, the valuations of Bale and Aaron Ramsey would have dropped significantly since their exploits at Euro 2016.
But the presence of a number of youngsters does not boost the Welsh tally by much. They may have their work cut out against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
🏴 Gareth Bale 🤯
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) June 11, 2020
19. Czech Republic – €190million
Average player value: €7.31m
Most valuable player: Tomas Soucek (€40m)
The Czechs have not been widely touted as dark horses but maybe they should be.
West Ham duo Soucek and Vladimir Coufal are the standout players, but names such as Alex Kral, Patrik Schick and Adam Hlozek may become more familiar over the next month.
18. Russia – €190.8million
Average player value: €7.34m
Most valuable player: Aleksandr Golovin (€28m)
Russia are unlikely to match their performance during the 2018 World Cup with an ageing squad.
But their low ranking here can be explained by their almost exclusively domestic group of players.
Golovin has occasionally shone at Monaco and is probably their biggest talent.
17. Ukraine – €197.2million
Average player value: €7.58m
Most valuable player: Ruslan Malinovskyi (€30m)
A largely unheralded group are overshadowed by the profile of their manager – a certain Andriy Shevchenko.
Yet with players like Oleksandr Zinchenko and Atalanta’s Malinovskyi within a disciplined tactical system, Ukraine may surprise a few this summer.
16. Sweden – €215.05million
Average player value: €8.27m
Most valuable players: Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski (€40m)
Sweden’s build-up has been defined by the return and subsequent injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Even without him, Sweden have the oldest squad in the tournament with an average age of 29.2.
Young talents such as Isak and Kulusevski take their place alongside the 82-year-old Andreas Granqvist and the evergreen Seb Larsson.
15. Scotland – €269.85million
Average player value: €10.38m
Most valuable player: Andy Robertson (€65m)
Welcome back, Scotland. It’s been too long.
Whisper it quietly, but the perennially unlucky Scots have a decent squad for their first finals since 1998.
Packed with Premier League talent and bolstered by seven Old Firm players, will this be the year Scotland progress beyond the group phases of a major tournament?
14. Poland – €276.8million
Average player value: €10.65m
Most valuable player: Robert Lewandowski (€60m)
Two words. Robert Lewandowski.
But Poland aren’t totally reliant on their star striker, no matter what popular perception would have you believe.
Piotr Zielinski, Wojciech Szczesny, Jan Bednarek and Arkadiusz Milik all have transfer valuations north of €20million and Poland have the potential to perform better than they normally do in these competitions.
13. Switzerland – €283.5million
Average player value: €10.9m
Most valuable players: Manuel Akanji, Denis Zakaria (€30m)
Switzerland always seem to be present at major tournaments, like that person invited to every house party despite never bringing anything decent to drink.
But with a squad that largely ply their trade across Europe’s big five leagues, the Swiss have more talent than they are generally given credit for.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka are still somehow in their 20s and not many teams will relish facing Switzerland.
12. Denmark – €310.7million
Average player value: €11.95m
Most valuable player: Christian Eriksen (€40m)
Their two Nations League matches against England last autumn might be used as medication for insomnia in some countries but Denmark have a talented team.
From Kasper Schmeichel in goal, to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Eriksen in midfield and Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite up front, the Danes have a solid and capable side that could go deep into this summer’s tournament.
🤯 Christian Eriksen vs Republic of Ireland, 2017 = ⚽️⚽️⚽️
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) February 14, 2021
11. Austria – €320.6million
Average player value: €12.33m
Most valuable player: David Alaba (€55m)
Considering they’ve not won a major tournament match since 1990, it may be a surprise to see Austria so high on our list.
But the vast majority of the Austrian squad play their club football in the Bundesliga, with familiar names like Alaba and Marko Arnautovic in their ranks.
Group C isn’t the strongest, so Austria may be worth keeping an eye on.
10. Turkey – €325million
Average player value: €12.5m
Most valuable player: Caglar Soyuncu (€45m)
The hipster’s favourites and widely touted as dark horses, Turkey return to the Euros with a significantly stronger squad than 2016.
Their most valuable players are in defence – four of the five ranked highest here are defenders including Leicester’s Soyuncu.
Cult hero Burak Yılmaz may only be valued at €2million, but the 35-year-old has just won Ligue 1 with Lille and could be an outside shout for the golden boot.
9. Croatia – €375.8million
Average player value: €14.45m
Most valuable player: Mateo Kovacic (€45m)
Surprise runners up at the World Cup three years ago, Croatia’s squad has changed in the intervening years.
Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic have retired, while youngsters like Nikola Vlasic have emerged in their place.
Croatian hopes rest upon the shoulders of 35-year-old Luka Modric and they will hope to surprise England in their opening game on June 13th.
8. Netherlands – €637.05million
Average player value: €24.5m
Most valuable player: Frenkie de Jong (€90m)
The Dutch are back in a major finals for the first time since Robin van Persie flew through the air and ended Spain’s aura of invincibility.
There may be question marks over the competence of manager Frank de Boer, but the Netherlands possess numerous brilliant footballers and will fancy their chances of progressing far.
7. Belgium – €669.4million
Average player value: €25.75m
Most valuable players: Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku (€100m)
Both sides of the Belgian dilemma are evident in their seventh-place position here.
Yes, Belgium are blessed with their Golden Generation of talent as the appearance of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Lukaku would testify.
But 10 of their squad have entered their fourth decade and their values will only decrease from here.
Belgium are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but there is a sense of now or never surrounding this group of players.
6. Italy – €771million
Average player value: €29.65m
Most valuable player: Nicolo Barella (€65m)
After the embarrassment of missing Russia 2018, Italy are back and manager Roberto Mancini is in possession of a gifted bunch.
Twelve of their squad are listed with valuations north of €30million including Chelsea’s Jorginho and Liverpool target Lorenzo Pelligrini.
With three group matches in Rome, Italy will be hoping to mark their return with a bang.
5. Portugal – €872.5million
Average player value: €33.56m
Most valuable player: Bruno Fernandes (€90m)
The defending champions arguably have a stronger squad than won Euro 2016.
Ronaldo is still about, but five Portuguese players have higher valuations than him; a selection that includes Football Writer’s Player of the Year Ruben Dias and the highly promising Joao Felix.
Portugal have a foul draw (they must face France and Germany in a group where the runner-up will likely face England in the Last 16) but they have the talent to retain their trophy.
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) January 29, 2021
4. Spain – €915million
Average player value: €38.13m
Most valuable player: Marcos Llorente (€80m)
We won’t lie, it’s a surprise to see Spain appear so highly.
La Liga is one of the most lucrative leagues in world football, but Luis Enrique’s squad isn’t a patch on the one between 2008-12.
Players like Llorente, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pedri and Ferran Torres will be out to prove they’re a match for their illustrious predecessors.
3. Germany – €936.5million
Average player value: €36.02m
Most valuable player: Joshua Kimmich (€90m)
Germany have endured a tumultuous few years but their squad is home to a plethora of skilful footballers.
Kimmich is worth €90million alone, while their forward options include Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Timo Werner. The return of Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller also bolsters German hopes.
Forgive us for indulging in a cliche, but you should never write them off.
2. France – €1.03billion
Average player value: €39.54m
Most valuable player: Kylian Mbappe (€160m)
Raphael Varane? Paul Pogba? N’Golo Kante? Antoine Griezmann? Karim Benzema? Mbappe?
No wonder France are rated by most as favourites to win the Wembley final on July 11. The amount of world-class players they’ve been able to leave out tells you how frighteningly good the ones that did make it are.
1. England – €1.25billion
Average player value: €49.8m
Most valuable player: Harry Kane (€120m)
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming…