Croatia, despite being without suspended defenders Darijo Srna and Joe Simunic, will go into Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium in Zagreb as slight favourites, but which of the two sides is more valuable on paper?
According to data from Transfermarkt.com, Belgium has the more expensive side, valued at 354.750.000 euros, compared with Croatia at just 193.750.000 euros. Marc Wilmosts Belgium side boasts 16 players who are worth over 10 million euros, and 9 who are worth over 20 million euros, including On the other hand Croatia has just 4 players valued over 10 million euros (Luka Modric (35m), Mario Mandzukic (23m), Mateo Kovacic(15m) and Ivan Rakitic 15m). Croatia has two players valued at 10 million (Darijo Srna and Dejan Lovren).
Belgium’s most expensive players are Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (42m) Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany (35m) Zenit St. Petersburg’s Axel Witsel (32m) and Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini (28m). Belgium currently top group A with Croatia in second place. Kick off at Maksimir stadium is at 18:00.