These are the rarest players in the 2018 World Cup Panini sticker album

These are the rarest players in the 2018 World Cup Panini sticker album
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We’re heading towards the business end of the 2018 World Cup, and the clock is ticking for those scrambling to complete Panini’s sticker album commemorating the tournament in Russia.

As anyone who has ever tried to fill a Panini album will tell you, some stickers are harder to get, while others seem to come out of other packet you buy.

And with the average price for a single collector to complete Panini’s World Cup 2018 sticker book estimated to be £773.60, this often proves to be as costly as it is frustrating.

So what are the rarest stickers?

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Well, it seems if you’re waiting to open a packet and find Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan – who didn’t even make the Red Devils’ World Cup squad – you’re not alone.

The tough-tackling Roma midfielder is the hardest to find sticker in the entire album.

That’s according to a study conducted by musicMagpie, who analysed 5,000 stickers in order to discover what are the hardest to find.

Upset odds

Maths expert professor Paul Harper came to the conclusion that it should take 967 packets – or 4,832 stickers – to complete the World Cup 2018 sticker album.

Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri, who is representing Tunisia, ranks as the second rarest sticker in the whole collection, with the study suggesting you have a 1 in 5,000 chance of landing him in a pack.

The most commonly found players are South Korea’s Nam Taehee and Iceland’s Björn Sigurdarsson – there’s a one in 313 chance of getting either of these players.

The easiest team to find every sticker for is Senegal, while the most difficult team to complete is Saudi Arabia.

For those looking to complete the England squad, the rarest Three Lions are Dele Alli and John Stones, with fans having a 1 in 1,000 chance of finding either of them.

The most commonly-found England players are Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill, with fans having a 1 in 417 chance of finding either of them.

Looking at the tournament as a whole, musicMagpie have created two new inter-nation teams – one made up of the rarest players, and another made from the most commonly found players.

They’ve also created an interactive database of every single sticker in the book, with information about your chances of finding them in your next pack.

You can see the results on the musicMagpie website