Brazil will take on Argentina in Saudi Arabia in an international friendly on Friday, November 15 with Lionel Messi returning to action after his three-match suspension.
Maradona, Ronaldinho, Ardiles, Pele, Redondo, Ronaldo… When you start to think of a list of players that have represented the national football teams of Brazil and Argentina, the names just roll off the tongue. When you then start to put a value on their status when they were at their peak, that can very quickly provoke a debate, but there is no doubting that the stars of the past (for example, in our all-time best XIs) would have been transferred for a pretty penny in today’s market. And this goes for the current crop too.
Based on the information available, we looked at a most expensive starting line-up and immediately see that the total value of the Samba Boys’ side comes in significantly more than that of the Albiceleste, a whopping 710 million euros compared to 489 million. Breaking that down further, and by position, we can see some of those that provide the most for their nation’s valuation.
Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Emiliano Martinez, Esteban Andrada
Defenders: Juan Foyth, Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Marcos Rojo, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Taglafico, Nehuen Perez, Guido Rodriguez
Midfielders: Giovani lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Dominguez, Rodrigo de Paul, Marcos Acuna, Roberto Pereyra, Lucas Ocampos
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lucas Alario, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala
Comparisons for the number one spot in each team is the most uneven. Brazil’s current generation boasts two of the highest regarded in the world in Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Manchester City’s Ederson. Their respective valuations of €80m and €70m both dwarf that of any of Argentina’s goalkeepers, several being rotated over recent months, at no more than €10m.
When is Brazil vs Argentina and where can I watch live?
Competition: International friendly
Venue: King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh
Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
Kick-off: 5:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): This match will not be televised in the UK