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Spain's $636m squad, most valuable side at Euro 2016

Spain's $636m squad, most valuable side at Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016

Europe’s flagship national team football tournament, Euro 2016 kicked off in France last Saturday.

The continent’s top 24 teams would be slugging it out to determine who comes top after four weeks of football spanning some 51 games in total.

The holders Spain would do all it takes to retain the crown after a shambolic outing at the World Cup in Brazil, the World Champions, Germany; tournament host, France; Italy and Ronaldo-led Portugal are all seen as potential winners of the championship.

Football database website Transfermarkt
has ranked the participating nations measuring the value of the respective squads. This was calculated by adding the market values of every individual player in each squad.

The value of each player was worked out by taking into account their recent performances, consistency, and potential, as well their international experience and marketability.

So which nations qualified to be in to top 10 most valuable teams at Euro 2016?

10. Turkey
Market value: $196 million
Manager: Fatih Terim
Most valuable player: Arda Turan, attacking midfielder — $34.4 million

9. Poland
Market value: $208 million
Manager: Adam Nawałka
Most valuable player: Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich forward — $84.6 million

8. Italy
Market value: $283 million
Manager: Antonio Conte
Most valuable player: Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus defender — $34.4 million

7. Croatia
Market value: $309.5 million
Manager: Ante Cacic
Most valuable player: Luke Modric, Real Madrid midfielder — $56 million

6. Portugal
Market value: $380 million
Manager: Fernando Santos
Most valuable player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid forward — $124.1 million

5. Belgium
Market value: $503 million
Manager: Marc Wilmots
Most valuable player: Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC winger — $73.2 million

4. England
Market value: $511 million
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Most valuable player: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City winger — $50.2 million

3. France
Market value: $523 million
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Most valuable player: Paul Pogba, Juventus midfielder — $78.9 million

2. Germany
Market value: $625 million
Manager: Joachim Low
Most valuable player: Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich forward — $84.6 million

1. Spain
Market value: $636 million
Manager: Vicente Del Bosque
Most valuable player: Sergio Busquets, Barcelona midfielder — $67.4 million

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is the most valuable player at the tournament accounting for a third of the total value of the Portuguese national team, whiles England manager Roy Hodgson is the most paid manager. The website also valued the entire tournament at over $5.6 billion