In the eyes of insurers, Germany was destined to win.

Days before the World Cup began, Lloyd's predicted that Germany would win if the team's collective insurable value was any indication...and apparently it was.

Picking The World Cup Winner

Lloyd's along with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) ranked each team in the FIFA World Cup based on the collective insurable value of each country's players. Cebr used players' wages, endorsement incomes, and projected players' incomes until retirement to approximate the insurable values of each team. Turns out, they were able to pick the World Cup winner, although they projected a Germany versus Spain final. Oops.

World Cup Round-Up: Winners Are Also Most Expensive Team

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