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The World Cup is the ultimate opportunity for soccer players to make a name for themselves.

A few good performances on the global stage, and you could find yourself with a transfer to a major club.

Just look at James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas — two relative unknowns at the 2014 World Cup who are now global superstars after their performances in Brazil.

But who are the most valuable players heading to this summer's World Cup, which starts in Moscow on Thursday? Using data from soccer site Transfermarkt, Business Insider has picked out the most valuable player from every one of the 32 teams going to the tournament.

It's worth noting that the most valuable player on a team may not be its star, as transfer values for young players with more of their careers left tend to be higher. Check out the most valuable player on each team below, organised by their groups in the tournament.

Currency conversions are correct as of midday on Monday June 11.


Russia — Aleksandr Golovin

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Age: 22

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $21.2 million (R276 million)


Saudi Arabia — Yasser Al Shahrani

Photo by Anusak Laowilas/Getty Images

Age: 26

Position: Left back

Value: $1.77 million (R22 million)


Egypt — Mohamed Salah

Age: 25

Position: Winger

Value: $177 million (R2.3 billion)


Uruguay — Luis Suarez

Ronaldo celebrates after a match.

Age: 31

Position: Striker

Value: $82.5 million (R1 billion)


Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo

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Age: 33

Position: Striker

Value: $117.8 million (R1.5 billion)


Spain — Sergio Busquets

Age: 29

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: $94.3 million (R1.2 billion)


Morocco — Amine Harit

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Age: 20

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $29.5 million (R384 million)


Iran — Sardar Azmoun

Photo Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Age: 23

Position: Striker

Value: $10.6 million (R138 million)


France — Kylian Mbappe

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Age: 19

Position: Striker

Value: $141.1 million (R1.8 billion)


Australia — Aaron Mooy

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Age: 27

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $11.8 million (R153 million)


Peru — Andre Carrillo

Photo by Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images

Age: 26

Position: Winger

Value: $7.1 million (R92 million)


Denmark — Christian Eriksen

Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $94.3 million (R1.2 billion)


Argentina — Lionel Messi

Age: 30

Position: Forward

Value: $212.1 million (R2.7 billion)


Croatia — Ivan Rakitic

Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Age: 30

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $58.9 million (R767 million)


Iceland — Gylfi Sigurdsson

Photo by Antti Yrjonen/Getty Images

Age: 28

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $35.4 million (R461 million)


Nigeria — Wilfred Ndidi

Photo by Pawel Andrachiewicz/Getty Images

Age: 21

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: $29.5 million (R384 million)


Brazil — Neymar

Age: 26

Position: Forward

Value: $212.1 million (R2.7 billion)


Switzerland — Granit Xhaka

Age: 25

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: $47.1 million (R613 million)


Costa Rica — Keylor Navas

Age: 31

Position: Goalkeeper

Value: $21.2 million (R276 million)


Serbia — Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

Age: 23

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $106 million (R1.3 billion)


Germany — Toni Kroos

Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $94.3 million (R1.2 billion)


Mexico — Hirving Lozano

Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Age: 22

Position: Winger

Value: $25.9 million (R337 million)


Sweden — Emil Forsberg

Photo by Daniel Malmberg/Getty Images

Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $29.5 million (R384 million)


South Korea — Heung-min Son

Age: 25

Position: Winger

Value: $58.9 million (R767 million)


Belgium — Kevin De Bruyne

Age: 26

Position: Central midfielder

Value: $176.7 million (R2.3 billion)


Panama — Anibal Godoy

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Age: 28

Position: Defensive midfielder

Value: $942,568 (R12.2 million)


Tunisia — Wahbi Khazri

Photo by John Berry/Getty Images

Age: 27

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $11.8 million (R153.7 million)


England — Harry Kane

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Age: 24

Position: Striker

Value: $176.7 million (R2.3 billion)


Poland — Robert Lewandowski

Photo by Rafal Rusek/Getty Images

Age: 29

Position: Striker

Value: $106 million (around R1.3 billion)


Senegal — Sadio Mane

Age: 26

Position: Winger

Value: $82.5 million (around R1 billion)


Colombia — James Rodriguez

Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images

Age: 26

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $82.5 million (around R1 billion)


Japan — Shinji Kagawa

Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Age: 29

Position: Attacking midfielder

Value: $15.3 million (R199 million)


 

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