9 most expensive internationally uncapped players in football currently
We all know that money flows very easily in football nowadays and the involvement of multi-million-pound investors has made it a walk in the park for European clubs to splash the cash.
That, however, doesn’t mean that they have got all the money in the world because the Chinese clubs too have a lot of easy cash at their disposal and often manage to snap up promising prospects with their financial prowess.
As a matter of fact, the clubs hardly take into account the international recognition of the players but it is their performances in the club circuit that matter the most.
As evident from some of the transfers these days, it is true that big-money moves don’t always depend on whether or not players have been capped internationally by their respective nations. The international status is no longer considered as a big asset in the CV of any footballer.
Keeping that in mind, let us take a look at some of the most expensive internationally uncapped footballers in the world.
Note: Those who have gained international status following their big-money moves, such as Ederson Moraes, Richarlison, Arthur and so on, are not taken into consideration. The list only includes those who are yet to be capped by their nations at the senior level.
1. Aymeric Laporte – £57 million
Man City splashed out a then club-record fee of £57million to bring in French centre-back Aymeric Laporte from La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao in January 2018.
The technically-gifted defender proved himself to be a tailor-made fit for Pep Guardiola’s system and quickly nailed down a regular starting role at the Etihad.
Laporte’s consistently impressive performances have led to him being regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in the Premier League. However, as surprising as it might sound, the left-footed defender is yet to earn a senior cap for the France national team.
The 25-year-old has already won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and League Cup with Man City but that apparently hasn’t been enough to impress Didier Deschamps.
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £50million
Currently an England U-21 international, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was a hot property this summer and Man United seemingly stole a march over their Premier League rivals by forking out £50million to sign the right-back from Crystal Palace.
His impressive performances for the Eagles last season, coupled with his obvious talent and massive potential, kind of justifies that price tag but England have the likes of Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold currently vying for that right-back role.
Gareth Southgate, though, is likely to have Wan-Bissaka on his radar for the near future, with a view to having him cap-tied for England. Just to remind the fans, he is still eligible to represent DR Congo owing to his African heritage.
3. Malcom – £36.5million
The former Corinthians winger racked up 23 goals and 16 assists in 96 appearances for Bordeaux in all competitions over the course of three seasons before Barcelona successfully signed the burgeoning Brazilian talent in the summer of 2018.
The £36.5million price tag looked quite outrageous when the move materialized and the left-footed creative winger struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in Barcelona’s star-studded first team last season.
A part of the Brazil U-20 side that finished as runners-up at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Malcom has been called up by senior international coach Tite on a couple of occasions, although he is still awaiting his first cap.
4. Vinicius Junior- £38.7million
One of the most talented Brazilian exports to have gatecrashed the Spanish market in recent times, Vinicius Junior shot to prominence with Flamengo before earning a £38.7million move to Real Madrid last summer.
It is a no-brainer that he arrived at the Bernabeu as a future prospect and only played a bit-part role in the first-team last season, although he still managed to earn plenty of plaudits for his quick feet, razor-sharp anticipation, lightning pace, instant acceleration and mesmerizing dribbling skills to complement a deadly eye for key passes.
Vinicius was called up to the Brazil national team for the friendlies against Panama and the Czech Republic earlier this year but he had to withdraw due to an injury and currently remains uncapped at the senior international level.
5. Rodrygo Goes – €45million
Real Madrid made the headlines with the signing of highly-rated 18-year-old winger Rodrygo Goes from Brazilian club Santos last summer for €45m, although the teenage sensation continued his development with Santos this past season as a part of the agreement between the two clubs.
The electric left-winger has already represented Brazil at U-17 and U-20 levels but it doesn’t look likely that he would be getting a senior breakthrough any time soon given the intense competition for places in Brazil’s ranks.
6. Anthony Modeste – €35.7million
Anthony Modeste’s feat of 25 goals in 37 appearances for Cologne in the Bundesliga in the 2016-17 season propelled the club to the European front for the first time in 25 years and Chinese outfit Tianjin Quanjian splashed €35.7million to bring the Frenchman to the Far East.
However, he went AWOL after netting 16 goals in 29 appearances for the Chinese side and returned to Cologne.
The Bundesliga veteran is now 31 and the prospect of international football with France looks bleak.
7. Ayoze Perez- £30 million
Newcastle only spent £1.5million to bring Ayoze Perez from Spanish second-tier side Tenerife back in 2014 but the Magpies made an eye-watering profit when Leicester City forked out £30million to sign the playmaking forward this summer.
Perez scored 48 goals in 195 appearances over the course of five seasons at St.James’ Park and represented Spain a couple of times at the U-21 level, although he is yet to receive a senior international cap.
8. James Maddison – £24million
The playmaker established himself as one of the breakout stars in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season following his move to the King Power Stadium from Norwich City last summer.
The 21-year-old racked up an impressive 7 goals and 7 assists in the league this past season for Leicester City and proved himself to be worth every penny of the £24million that the Foxes had spent to bring him to the club.
Maddison’s impressive performances earned him a senior England call-up for the UEFA Nations League fixture against Croatia last year but he is yet to make his debut for the Three Lions. Gareth Southgate will probably be having him on his radar for Euro 2020, nevertheless.
9. Issa Diop – £22million
West Ham spent £22million to bring the towering French centre-back to East London from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse last summer and he went on to have a massive impact at the London Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini in the Premier League this past season.
Diop has represented France at all youth levels from U-16 to U-21, although he still remains eligible to represent Senegal through his father, and Morocco through his mother’s heritage.
Still only 22, the 6ft 4in giant does look like a bright international prospect for all three aforementioned nations.
Top 3 Antoine Griezmann goal celebrations
Scoring goals is possibly the most satisfying part of any football game, be it on the playground or in a professional clash.
Finding the back of the net can be an exhilarating feeling for a player, and they often express themselves by performing a celebration.
Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann is known to have a few celebrations which are unique.
While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and others have one signature celebration, Griezmann likes to experiment.
The Frenchman has tried his luck with many styles during his time with Atletico Madrid and here are the top 3 Antoine Griezmann celebrations from his playing days:
1) Call Me
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“The celebration is a dance from Drake’s music video ‘Hotline Bling’,” the Barcelona forward was quoted by the Mirror.
“I started doing it at Atletico, and then I couldn’t do it against Albania because the emotion was too strong, same for the first goal against Ireland, then I remembered it, and just did it.”
Since then, the celebration has become a very popular move. It has also been featured in several FIFA games as his signature and a special celebration.
Another popular celebration of Griezmann was the salsa.
The Frenchman would hold out his arms in such a manner as if he was imitating a salsa pose. He would then proceed to dance around and wring his hands, mimicking the dance.
3) The L
Antoine Griezmann’s latest celebration was the ‘L’ which he started since the World Cup. This move was actually popularised by the online videogame, Fortnite.
The L, also known as the ‘Loser’ was normally displayed as one of the victory dances/poses in that game.
The move involves swinging your legs side-to-side while holding one arm at head height and making the letter ‘L’ with the index finger and the thumb.
The game is a big hit with footballers, with plenty of the England squad known to be big fans.
However, it did cause some controversy for poor old Griezmann. The Frenchman was accused of disrespecting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a ‘Take the L’ during the World Cup final.
Eibar vs Barcelona Dream 11 prediction: Fantasy tips & Playing XI updates
Barcelona travel to Eibar in hopes of overtaking Real Madrid in La Liga
Barcelona will be back in La Liga action as they look to put the pressure on Real Madrid.
Los Galacticos lead La Liga by two points and Barcelona will try to end the weekend at the top of the standings.
The Catalans haven’t been impervious to poor results this season and have already dropped points in three games.
The La Liga giants travel to Eibar, who lie 14th in the league, and Barca have won their last five games in all competitions.
The Catalans will be without the services of Ousmane Dembele after he was shown a red card in their 4-0 win over Sevilla.
Eibar also will be without Gonzalo Escalante after he was sent off in their previous game.
The home side
La Liga 2019/20
Eibar vs Barcelona
Saturday 19 October, 2019 – 4:30 PM IST
Venue – Municipal de Ipurua
- Barcelona and Eibar have conceded the game number of goals in the league this season
- Barca have scored twice as many goals as their opponents have
- The Catalans haven’t lost to Eibar in their last six games with five wins and a draw
- Barca have also scored 14 goals in their last three games against their opponents
- Eibar have ended two of their last four games against Barcelona with 10 men
Dream 11 Fantasy Tips and Predictions
Barcelona should be overwhelming favourites to win this clash, even if they aren’t playing at their best. However, Dream XI requires each team to feature at least four players from the opposition team.
Choosing the team won’t be easy given the plethora of talent on both sides, and here are some of our tips to make the decision easier.
There really is no choice when it comes to picking a goalkeeper. Marc Andre-ter Stegen is one of the best keepers in the world, and he should be part of the Dream 11 fantasy team.
Since both teams have conceded the same number of goals and Barcelona haven’t been all that tight at the back, there should be goals in this game.
Eibar will find it difficult to keep the Catalans out but two Eibar defenders in the side isn’t a bad option.
Clement Lenglet as the final option should be the right move as Gerard Pique is suspended for this clash.
Again, mixing up the midfield with two players from Eibar and Barcelona is the right way to go. Arthur has been excellent for the Catalans this season while Frenkie de Jong hasn’t done all that poorly since his move from Ajax.
Barca might not create a lot from their midfield regularly but the pair could be in the goals on Saturday.
From the home side, we predict Pape Diop and Edu Exposito will start and should be part of the team.
It is difficult to snub the Barcelona forwards and with Dembele suspended, the trio of Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should start.
They should have a field day in front of the Eibar defence and should score a few goals.
Captain and Vice-captain
Messi should be the captain for this clash while Suarez gets the nod as the vice
Even if Barcelona aren’t playing all that well, they should be the favourites for this clash. Messi on his day can win games easily and they have the firepower to overcome Eibar.
Selections, fantasy tips and predictions are based on historical data related to the game. It is advisable to conduct additional research close to the game for more accurate team news and player availability.
Several factors were taken to build this team, however, each player should have their own ideas for player selection as this piece provides some guidelines.
Everton signing this 22-year-old Brazilian to share the goalscoring burden with Richarlison would make them unstoppable – Agreed?
Everton Opinion: Why Malcom could be a smash hit at Goodison Park?
According to a report from the Sport, Everton are interested in Barcelona outcast Malcom.
The Brazilian, 22, joined Barcelona from Bordeaux last summer but endured a torrid debut season at Nou Camp. He played only 24 times across all competitions, scoring four goals.
The report claims Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde never wanted to sign Malcom last summer. Valverde’s lack of trust in the nippy wide-man makes it apparent and now Everton, who have a good rapport with the Barcelona hierarchy after doing three deals last summer, want to bring the Brazilian to the Goodison Park.
The Toffees are aiming to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. Marco Silva had a decent debut season at Goodison Park and will look to build on that. He needs to invest smartly in the transfer market and get the players that fit his style of play. Several departures are also expected this summer, with Theo Walcott likely to be among the players to be offloaded, as per the Daily Star.
Walcott has failed to live up to the expectations at Goodison Park following his switch from Arsenal in January 2018. He scored just five goals in 37 appearances this past term despite being heavily backed by the manager. But the former England international hasn’t done anything to improve the Toffees’ attack and must be shipped out of the club.
And Silva would be wise to replace the out of sorts Walcott with Malcom.
Malcom is one of the brightest young talents in Europe but has hit a brick wall in terms of his development at Barcelona. The winger needs to play week in week out in order to continue his development and at Everton, he could get that chance.
The Brazilian is predominantly a right winger but is capable of playing anywhere in attack. An expert dribbler, Malcom uses his pace and agility to take on defenders and beat them. He is very quick and destructive in the final third, capable of winning games single-handedly on his day.
The former Bordeaux ace would relish the chance to form a deadly attack with his Brazilian compatriots Richarlison and Bernard and he could prove a shrewd addition for the Toffees. Malcom would represent an instant upgrade on Walcott, whilst becoming a regular at Everton for years to come.
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Also, the Brazilian winger is still only 22, which surely makes him an enticing prospect for director of football Marcel Brands, who would prefer to sign younger players with high sell-on value.
Silva needs a quality wide player to improve Everton’s attack. Malcom is arguably tailor-made for Premier League and his burst of acceleration could potentially make him a valuable weapon for Silva’s Toffees.
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