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Brazil: most valuable footballers in the national team 2021

With a market value of nearly 141 million U.S. dollars, Neymar was the most valuable player in Brazil's national soccer team as of March 2021. Following the famous left-winger was the goalkeeper Alisson, worth 88 million U.S. dollars. The center-forward Firmino completes the Seleção's top three that year, with a market value of approximately 79 million U.S. dollars. In 2018, Neymar also topped the ranking of Brazil's most valuable soccer players at the last FIFA World Cup.

A Brazilian national treasure

Indisputably, soccer is a crucial part of the Brazilian national culture, just like the Carnival or samba dancing. In 2019 alone, the Brazilian Football confederation earned over 868 million Brazilian reals, which was more than 60 percent of the average for the previous five years. These earnings were represented during the Brazilian soccer championship Brasileirão, which reached up to an average of 21 thousand attendants per game in 2019 – the highest since the beginning of the decade.

Brazilian soccer as a prized export

Brazil’s notorious talent with the soccer ball is not exclusive to the Brazilian soccer leagues. Often times, while many players aspire to represent their own country in the World Cup, the most talented footballers aim to play for the European leagues. In fact, with approximately two thousand international transfers from Brazil to football clubs around the globe in 2019, Brazilian soccer could be seen as one of the country’s greatest exports. That year, these international transfers accumulated up 371.6 million U.S. dollars in fees. As the country with the most FIFA World Cup titles in men’s soccer, Brazil remains to be the reigning global champion on and off the field.

Leading national soccer team players in Brazil as of March 2021, by market value

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Release date

March 2021



Survey time period

March 4, 2021

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