We’re only a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, so now seems like a perfect time for power rankings talk.
To rank the teams, we decided to use the team value data from Transfermarkt, as well as to take into account the current FIFA Men’s Rankings and the latest World Cup winner odds.
The result is that we were able to pick out the top 10 strongest teams taking part in the Qatar tournament.
2022 World Cup Power Rankings – Top 10 Teams
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Why Brazil is Topping Our 2022 World Cup Power Rankings?
Oddsmakers think Brazil is the most likely candidate to win the 2022 World Cup. Bookies think so, and so do people from FIFA. At the moment of writing, Brazil is sitting in the no.1 position in the FIFA Men’s Rankings with 1841.3 points.
Knowing that A Seleção has lost just one game since 2019 shows that this team’s playing fantastic soccer lately. No surprise there, knowing that Brazil’s roster is one of the most valuable rosters on the planet. In fact, Transfermarkt puts Brazil in the no.2 place on the list of most valuable World Cup teams with a price tag of $1.07 billion.
The Three Lions Rule the Soccer Jungle
With a total value of $1.40 billion, England have the most expensive squad in the world. Phil Foden is currently the most valuable player in the Three Lions’ squad, followed by the team captain Harry Kane and rising star Bukayo Saka.
These guys finished runners-up last year in the Euros after losing to Italy on penalties. A year later, they got more experience, which could prove crucial in Qatar. Oddsmakers agree, putting England in the no.4 spot on the list of title favorites.
Reigning World Cup Champions Still Have It!
France won the World Cup four years ago, and most of the players from that generation are still on the team. This is why it’s no surprise that France is ranked fourth in Transfermarkt’s rankings with a value of $900 million. The French are also fourth in FIFA’s Rankings with 1759.78 points.
Bookmakers, however, have more faith in Didier Deschamps’ boys. They see France as the second favorite to win the trophy in Qatar.
Argentina Putting Their Hopes in Lionel Messi
Argentina is the seventh-most valuable team that’s playing in Qatar. Their most valuable player is 25-year-old Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, whose price tag is $73 million. Just behind him is Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi who’s 10 years his senior and whose value is estimated to be around $50 million.
It’s fair to say that Messi is the best soccer player of the 21st century and probably the soccer GOAT. Some believe that he won’t acquire the GOAT status without bringing the World Cup trophy to his home country.
Oddsmakers think there’s a good chance of that scenario playing out in December. They see Argentina as the no.3 favorite to triumph in Qatar.
Portugal Hoping for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Last Dance
Portugal is the world’s third-most valuable national soccer team. There are more than a dozen Portuguese players who are valued at over $30 million. What’s peculiar is that team captain Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t one of them.
Nevertheless, the 37-year-old definitely has so much to give to this team. With his help, Portugal could go far. Online sportsbooks, however, aren’t so sure about this. Most of them have put Portugal in the 8th place on the list of top trophy candidates, with betting odds of +1600.
Nobody Puts Belgium in a Corner!
Belgium is the ninth favorite to win the world cup with the odds longer than +1600. That number, however, seems way too long, considering that this team has so much talent.
FIFA ranks this team second in its World Rankings, while Transfermarkt estimates Belgium to be the world’s eight-most valuable team.
Spaniards Have Huge Ambitions in 2022
The Spain national soccer team is fifth in the world in terms of player value. They’re also seventh in FIFA’s Rankings. When it comes to odds, priced at +750, this team is the fourth favorite.
The biggest problem for Louis Enrique’s men is that they’re playing in a very competitive group, together with Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica.
Never Underestimate Germany
Germany weren’t very impressive in the World Cup Qualifications, which explains why this team is 11th in FIFA’s List. It also explains why Germany is the sixth favorite to win the trophy in Qatar.
Still, knowing that Germany has such players as Joshua Kimmich and Kai Havertz on the roster, we don’t thin they should be written off.
Netherlands Dreaming of Their First World Cup Trophy
The Netherlands is one of the heavyweights that’s never won the World Cup. They did come very close to winning it on several occasions, which means that they’re super-motivated to win it in 2022.
Another reason why they’re coming to Qatar fired up is that this is their first World Cup after eight years – they missed the 2018 tournament.
So, do they have the manpower to win the trophy? They’re the ninth-most valuable team in the world, eighth in FIFA’s Rankings, and seventh in the list of favorites.
What’s Denmark Doing in Our 2022 World Cup Power Rankings?
You might be surprised that Denmark is in the top 10 of our World Cup power rankings, standing higher than the 2018 runner-up Croatia, or star-studded Uruguay.
One of the reasons is that Denmark did exceptionally well in the qualifications, finishing top of Group F with a 9-0-1 record (their only loss happened in the final round).
Thanks to their amazing run, these guys moved up all the way to the no.10 in the FIFA Men’s Rankings. They’re also the 10th favorite in the World Cup winner market.