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Forget 3rd – are Belgium the most expensive national team in world football?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

In the build-up to Scotland’s World Cup qualifier with Belgium on Friday night, many English papers referred to a study carried out by Belgian daily daily newspaper La Dernière Heure, who calculated that, in terms of transfer fees, Wilmots’s starting XI was, at €180m, the third most expensive national team in the world, behind only Brazil and Portugal.

Considering this was before  Witsel’s €40 million move to Zenit, and that Villa’s Christian Benteke is valued at a mere £7m – he’s worth at an estimate €29 million now – the question can reasonably be asked – taking current values, are Les Diable Rouges actually the most expensive team in world football?

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan think so, and refers to it in his post-match interview on the clip below.

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