BY Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam national football team have been estimated at EUR575,000, according to transfermrkt, a German-based website which provides vital football-related information and news such as transfers, players’ and teams’ market value.
The ASEAN Football, an online platform which compiles statistics on football players and teams mainly in the region, has made a table ranking based on the market value of ASEAN national teams recently.
The Wasps lie eighth of the 11-member table ahead of Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste.
The determining factor that contributed to the national team’s value is a host of DPMM FC players, helped by their league title success in the Singapore Premier League last season.
The player who enjoyed star status and featured among the most valuable in the country outside of DPMM FC is Adi Said, now of Kota Ranger FC.
Thailand national team are ranked first with EUR9.48 million followed by the Philippines and Indonesia with EUR4.75 million and EUR4.73 million.
Vietnam national team sit in fourth place with EUR4.23 million while Malaysia are fifth with EUR4.05 million.
Myanmar featured in the table in sixth place with EUR2.53 million while Singapore are seventh with EUR2.35 million.
Cambodia are valued at EUR0.23 million in eighth place while Laos are ninth with EUR0.12 million. The market value for the Timor-Leste national team is unknown.
Meanwhile, DPMM FC is the most valuable club in Brunei and are also ranked fourth among teams in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) behind Tampines Rovers FC, Geylang International and Lion City Sailors.
Thailand’s star Chanathip Songkrasin earned the tag of most valuable player with an estimated value of EUR1.90 million, according to transfermrkt.
The attacking midfielder, who plies his trade at J1 League outfit Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, is touted as one of the finest players among the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) member countries and has also been named in the league’s best starting 11 in 2018.
The Thailand league has also occupied top spot among their ASEAN counterparts with an estimated value of EUR61.90 million followed by Indonesia with EUR60.23 million and Vietnam with EUR32.90 million.
As of March this year, Thailand dominated the list with the most club ranking points with giants Buriram United topping the list and Muangthong United joining them in second place.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin