Mexico's national soccer team,
winner of the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was
valued Monday at 42.2 million US dollars by Germany's Transfermarkt,
a website specializing in player swaps among teams in Europe.
The portal valued each of the winning team's individual players at an average of 2.3 million dollars, based on reports from sports agents.
On Aug. 11, Mexico trounced Brazil 2-1 in the Olympic soccer final, setting a historic precedent, and propelling the team and players' values skyward.
The team's most expensive players include forwards Giovani Dos Santos, from English team Tottenham Hotspur FC, who is valued at a whopping 6.1 million dollars, and Marco Fabian, from Mexico's Guadalajara-based Chivas, who is valued at 4.3 million dollars, according to Transfermarkt.
The most affordable players include forward Raul Jimenez, from Mexico's America, valued at 740,000 dollars, and Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Chivas' third goalkeeper, who the portal did not appraise.
Striker Oribe Peralta, from Santos Laguna, who scored the two winning goals for Mexico in the final, was valued at 3.7 million dollars, while Jesus Corona, goalkeeper and team captain, was valued at 3 million dollars.
Still, the value of Mexico's national team, under the leadership of coach Luis Fernando Tena, represents just 15 percent of the value awarded Argentina's team after it won the final at Beijing 2008: 274.6 million dollars.
According to Transfermarket, a complete Mexican team that also includes forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez -- currently playing for England's Manchester United and the most expensive player, with a 22 million-dollar price tag -- is worth 82.7 million dollars.
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