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What would the most expensive World Cup team look like?

If money were no object, what would the dream team with the costliest World Cup players look like?

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo signed a massive deal with Real Madrid.
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If money were no object, what would the dream team with the costliest World Cup players look like? Just shy of a billion dollars to be precise ($900.8 million).

Here is the dream team formed of World Cup players with the highest market values, according to football information website Transfermarkt.

Team formation: 4-3-3

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Goalkeeper ...

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer. At $52.1 million the German goalie beats the likes of Spain's Iker Casillas and Italy's Gianluigi Buffon.

Defenders ...

Spain's Sergio Ramos and Brazil's Thiago Silva, both priced at $80.7 million. They would be accompanied by German captain Philipp Lahm ($43.7 million) and Brazil's Marcelo ($37 million).

Midfielders ...

The top playmakers in this pricey outfit are Spain's Andrés Iniesta and Germany's Mario Gotze, both worth $80.7 million. Spanish midfielder Cesc Fàbregas complete the trio, with a value of $74 million.

Forwards ...

They certainly give the money "up front." Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player on the planet, has a handsome fee of $178.2 million. His La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo stars with $148m. Brazil's Neymar comes in with a price of $88.8 million.

The World Cup's Most Expensive 11

Manuel Neuer (Germany National Team; Bayern Munich) — $52.1 million

Sergio Ramos (Spain National Team; Real Madrid) — $58.8 million

Marcelo (Brazil National Team, Real Madrid) — $37 million

Thiago Silva (Brazil National Team, PSG) — $58.8 million

Phillip Lahm (Germany National Team; Bayern Múnich) — $43.7 million

Cesc Fábregas (Spain National Team; Barcelona) — $74 million

Andrés Iniesta (Spain National Team; Barcelona) — $80.7 million

Mario Gotze (Germany National Team; Bayern Múnich) — $80.7 million

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal National Team; Real Madrid) — $148 million

Neymar (Brazil National Team, Barcelona) — $88.8 million

Lionel Messi (Argentina National Team; Barcelona) — $178.2 million

 
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