Bafana v France: Most valuable starting XIs

SA National Teams

The gulf in quality between South Africa and France is laid bare by a comparison between the two nations' most valuable starting XIs.

Bafana Bafana are scheduled to come up against France for the first time since defeating Les Bleus at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa when the two countries meet in an international friendly on 29 March.

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Hugo Broos' side are set to meet an altogether different outfit this time around, however, with the current generation of France stars boasting the honour of being the current world and UEFA Nations Cup champions.

The two nations are also divided by 65 places in the latest FIFA World Ranking (as of February 2022) with the French occupying third spot, while South Africa rank in a lowly 68th position on the global standings.

This gulf in class is starkly highlighted by the different valuations between the two national teams, with the most valuable possible Bafana Bafana starting XI carrying a market value of around €11.68 million (R193 million) according to Transfermarkt.

By comparison, only two French players, namely Hugo Lloris and Jonathan Clauss, are valued lower in their individual capacities than the entire proposed starting XI of South Africa, while Kylian Mbappe is worth nearly 14 times more on his own.

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France's most valuable XI: Combined market value of €673 million (R11.1 billion):

GK: Mike Maignan (€25m, AC Milan); DEF: Jules Kounde (€60m, Sevilla), Raphael Varane (€65m, Manchester United), Lucas Hernandez (€50m, Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (€48m, AC Milan); MID: N'Golo Kante (€50m, Chelsea), Paul Pogba (€55m, Manchester United); FWD: Christopher Nkunku (€55m, RB Leipzig), Antoine Griezmann (€50m, Atletico Madrid) & Kylian Mbappe (€160m, Paris Saint-Germain)

South Africa's most valuable XI: Combined market value of €11.6 million (R193 million):

GK: Ronwen Williams (€1.2m, SuperSport United); DEF: Rushine De Reuck (€650k, Mamelodi Sundowns), Nkosinathi Sibisi (€650k, Golden Arrows), Mothobi Mvala (€750k, Mamelodi Sundowns), Lyle Lakay (€900k, Mamelodi Sundowns); MID: Goodman Mosele (€650k, Orlando Pirates), Thabang Monare (€775k, Orlando Pirates), Teboho Mokoena (€1.3m, Mamelodi Sundowns); FWD: Keagan Dolly (€1.2m, Kaizer Chiefs), Pery Tau (€3m, Al Ahly) & Lyle Foster (€600k, Westerlo)

NOTE: The aforementioned values are estimated values as provided by Transfermarkt and take into consideration age, contract status and performance. The values do not take necessarily into consideration supply and demand or other market-related factors.