Insurer predicts World Cup final

Pundits take note, one of the world’s largest insurance specialists has predicted a Germany-Spain final based on their team’s insurable value at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Based on players’ wages and endorsement incomes, alongside a collection of additional indicators, Lloyd’s and Cebr have calculated that the total insurable value of all the teams at the largest sporting tournament in the world stands as US$10.5 billion, with Germany the most valuable team of individuals.

Despite Australia’s lowly world ranking of 62nd we are 24th overall in insurance value, but our group C opponents Spain come 2nd in value falling just short of US$1 billion.

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The English football team that lost to Italy on the weekend is worth US$929 million, with the average player valued at more than the entire Costa Rican team.

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Marco Castro from Lloyd’s Brazil says the research with Cebr is an interesting way at looking at the World Cup.

“It is incredible to see how much some of the teams playing in Rio are worth – the top three, Germany, Spain and England – are worth more than £1.7bn collectively. This is more than the bottom 20 teams combined,” he says.

“The predicted insurable values also clearly show which groups should be trickier to qualify from than others – and it’s far from a level playing field!

“Lloyd’s Brazil welcomes all teams to Rio and wishes every country the best of luck!”