From $950,000 to $220 million: The most valuable player for every team at the 2018 World Cup

The World Cup is the ultimate opportunity for soccer players to make a name for themselves.

A few good performances on the global stage, and you could find yourself with a transfer to a major club.

Just look at James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas – two relative unknowns at the 2014 World Cup who are now global superstars after their performances in Brazil.

But who are the most valuable players heading to this summer’s World Cup, which starts in Moscow on Thursday? Using data from soccer site Transfermarkt, Business Insider has picked out the most valuable player from every one of the 32 teams going to the tournament.

It’s worth noting that the most valuable player on a team may not be its star, as transfer values for young players with more of their careers left tend to be higher.

Check out the most valuable player on each team below, organised by their groups in the tournament.

Currency conversions are correct as of midday on Monday June 11.


Russia — Aleksandr Golovin

Age: 22

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €18 million ($US21.2 million)


Saudi Arabia — Yasser Al Shahrani

Age: 26

Position: Left back

Value: €1.5 million ($US1.77 million)


Egypt — Mohamed Salah

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Age: 25

Position: Winger

Value: €150 million ($US177 million)


Uruguay — Luis Suarez

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Age: 31

Position: Striker

Value: €70 million ($US82.5 million)


Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo

Age: 33

Position: Striker

Value: €100 million ($US117.8 million)


Spain — Sergio Busquets

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Age: 29

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: €80 million ($US94.3 million)


Morocco — Amine Harit

Age: 20

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €25 million ($US29.5 million)


Iran — Sardar Azmoun

Age: 23

Position: Striker

Value: €9 million ($US10.6 million)


France — Kylian Mbappe

Age: 19

Position: Striker

Value: €120 million ($US141.1 million)


Australia — Aaron Mooy

Age: 27

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €10 million ($US11.8 million)


Peru — Andre Carrillo

Age: 26

Position: Winger

Value: €6 million ($US7.1 million)


Denmark — Christian Eriksen

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Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €80 million ($US94.3 million)


Argentina — Lionel Messi

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Age: 30

Position: Forward

Value: €180 million ($US212.1 million)


Croatia — Ivan Rakitic

Age: 30

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €50 million ($US58.9 million)


Iceland — Gylfi Sigurdsson

Age: 28

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €30 million ($US35.4 million)


Nigeria — Wilfred Ndidi

Age: 21

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: €25 million ($US29.5 million)


Brazil — Neymar

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Age: 26

Position: Forward

Value: €180 million ($US212.1 million)


Switzerland — Granit Xhaka

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Age: 25

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: €40 million ($US47.1 million)


Costa Rica — Keylor Navas

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Age: 31

Position: Goalkeeper

Value: €18 million ($US21.2 million)


Serbia — Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Age: 23

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €90 million ($US106 million)


Germany — Toni Kroos

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €80 million ($US94.3 million)


Mexico — Hirving Lozano

Age: 22

Position: Winger

Value: €22 million ($US25.9 million)


Sweden — Emil Forsberg

Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €25 million ($US29.5 million)


South Korea — Heung-min Son

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Age: 25

Position: Winger

Value: €50 million ($US58.9 million)


Belgium — Kevin De Bruyne

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Age: 26

Position: Central midfielder

Value: €150 million ($US176.7 million)


Panama — Anibal Godoy

Age: 28

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: €800,000 ($US942,568)


Tunisia — Wahbi Khazri

Age: 27

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €10 million ($US11.8 million)


England — Harry Kane

Age: 24

Position: Striker

Value: €150 million ($US176.7 million)


Poland — Robert Lewandowski

Age: 29

Position: Striker

Value: €90 million ($US106 million)


Senegal — Sadio Mane

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Age: 26

Position: Winger

Value: €70 million ($US82.5 million)


Colombia — James Rodriguez

Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €70 million ($US82.5 million)


Japan — Shinji Kagawa

Age: 29

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: €13 million ($US15.3 million)

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