With the completion of the Euros and the Copa America, it seems like football is in a break right now. But fans need not to worry as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are here for the rescue. Featuring the best of the best, the Olympics often feature some of the most unexpected results.
While teams like Brazil, Germany and Argentina do take part in the same, teams usually opt for keeping their biggest names out of the squad. Many fans might not like the same, but the teams are filled with some of the best young players in the world.
Ahead of the Olympics, take a look at the most valuable playing XI going to feature in the competition.
Richarlison & Diego Carlos for Brazil
Playing for Everton in the Premier League, Richarlison is one of the highest rated young strikers for the Brazilian team. With his incredible pace and his physicality, the Brazilian has become a force to be reckoned with. Often running down the wing, the 23-year-old has became a household name in the Premier League.
Playing as a forward in the Copa America, Richarlison started in five games and contributed to 2 goals. While he has an incredible arsenal with his pace and his dribbling, Richarlison will have to work on his finishing skills as he is way too inconsistent with the same. But given the potential he has shown, he is valued at a whooping €55 million.
The other Brazilian to feature in the list is Diego Carlos. Prized at €45 million Carlos who plays for Sevilla, has solidified his status as an elite defender. Carlos alongside Jules Kounde has formed an incredible partnership. Given the potential he is showing, he can be a mainstay in the Brazilian setup very soon.
Pedri, Olmo & Spanish National Team representing Tokyo Olympics 2020
The Spanish team is certainly having a great core of young players who are a mainstay in their Euros starting lineup. Many of them have returned for the national team in Tokyo Olympics 2021.
In the lineup, Barcelona young star Pedri is the biggest name and is the most valuable player in the lineup. Valued at a whooping €80 million, the 18-year-old impressed in the Euros and will be pivotal for the Spaniards to win the gold medal in the Olympics.
The second most valuable player in the Olympics is also a Spaniard who plays for Real Sociedad. Valued at €70 million Mikel Oyarzabal is an attacking power house for Sociedad and has been on the radar of multiple top clubs in the Europe. Given his incredible talent, Oyarzabal is destined to succeed in Spanish setup.
Danny Olmo is another midfielder who is an intriguing prospect in the Spanish Olympic team. Olmo who is valued at €50 million is developing into a star in RB Leipzig creates multiple chances in a game and could also score multiple goals.
Apart from Olmo, Oyarzabal and Pedri, the Olympic team is set to feature the likes of Unai Simon, Pau Torres, Mikel Merino and Marc Cucurella who are valued at €20 million, €50 million, €40 million and €20 million, respectively. This Spanish side is the heavy favorite in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Can they win it all?
Franck Kessie & Benjamin Hendricks
Apart from the Brazilians and the Spanish team who take nine spots of the most valuable XI, two players complete the list, Franck Kessie and Benjamin Hendricks. Kessie who plays for Italian giants AC Milan, the Ivory Coast international has become an integral part of the Milan side.
The 24-year-old midfielder is an underrated player in Serie A and can easily act as a defensive cover for Milan. Given how incredible he has been for the Italian giants, Kessie who is only 24-years-old, is valued at a whooping €55 million. He is certainly the standout player in the Ivory Coast who might be the dark horse of the tournament.
Benjamin Henrichs on the other hand is a promising defender for the German squad. Henrichs who is developing into an integral defender for the German giants RB Leipzig, is valued at €12 million. If the German can impress in the Olympics, the value might shoot up.
The Olympics certainly have some of the most talented young players this time. With 16 teams featuring in the tournament, the Olympics is divided into two groups. Eventually top four teams from both the groups will advance to the knockout stages.
The Olympics is certainly promises to be exciting. Given the results the first round of the group stage, we might be in for some shocking results. Who do you think will win the gold medal in the Olympics? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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