Differing values: Socceroos look to team spirit – and kicking and scratching – to shock richly talented France | Emma Kemp
Australia coach Graham Arnold will rely on his players to have each other’s backs when they meet the millionaire world championsOut went Karim Benzema, all $54m of him on the scrap heap to go with the $340m already there. Behold the maimed knees and hamstrings of Paul Pogba ($54m), Christopher Nkunku ($124m) and N’Golo Kanté ($46m). Survey the busted calves and Achilles tendons of Mike Maignan ($54m) and Presnel Kimpembe ($62m). Add a Ballon d’Or winner’s dodgy quad to the list for a grand total of $394m in damaged goods.Do we trust in Transfermarkt? Probably not, but the Australian psyche needs something to hang its hopes on, even if it’s only as tangible as numbers crunched by volunteers.