The world cup 2014 is ending and it is time to look back at results and values of the 32 teams. This is a cartogram map we made from data found by way of Forbes. The size of the country is altered by the price of the 23 players on world cup finals teams. The measure is based on estimates of “transfer values.” The transfer value is the ‘estimated’ cost one team would have to pay another team to get the rights to a given player. For Americans think of it like a draft day trade, with money not picks, used to get rights to a player from another team. The top valued team is Brazil at 718 million. There were three teams Spain, Argentina, and Germany worth more than 600 million. and 6 teams in the 400-600 million range. While the top player value is Messi at an estimated transfer cost of 163 million. The US came in at 77 million number 27 on the list with its top field player worth about 9 million, Dempsey. While the least valued team is Cameroon at 24 million.
While the map can be a bit confusing one can see the power of South America and Europe. Looking at the map France in gray is at the middle of Europe, while Portugal is orange and Spain pink to the south west of France. England includes all of Great Briton in this map but not in reality and is green. In South America Brazil is gray while Argentina to the south is Green. The US is red and Mexico is pink. Africa is probably the most confusing to look at but Nigeria is green, Algeria orange, Ghana and the Ivory Cost are pink. Japan is blue and Russia green in the Far East.
Money accounts for a lot but is not the end all and be all just ask England, Portugal, and Spain all in the top ten but which failed to get to the final 16 knockout stage. While Costa Rica, US, Netherlands, were over performers based of team value.