And the national team of Uruguay was seen as a much more solid: Luis Suarez of Barcelona is 70 million euros, Edinson Cavani of PSG - 60, Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid is 45, his teammate Diego Godin - 35.
Egypt were dealt a blow before kick-off when Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was only deemed fit enough for the bench.
Uruguay now places second in Group A with three points behind the leader and the host nation, Russia, with three points but with five goals in their bank.
Following Russia's 5-0 win over group minnows Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on Thursday, the two higher-ranked teams in the group will be hoping to lay down an early marker.
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Watch the highlight of the goal below. "I'm supporting every one of them in the World Cup", he concluded.
"We still have to see how training goes today, but I can nearly assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch", Cuper announced on Thursday.
The key to Egypt's campaign will be Mohamed Salah's fitness as he recovers from the shoulder injury he suffered during May's UEFA Champions League final. The work we do all the time is precisely to make our players understand that they have to work harder.
On Salah's absence, he added: "If Mo Salah had been on the pitch, I'm sure Egypt would have benefited".
With its focus on defense, Egypt failed to capitalize on several mistakes from the Uruguay midfield.
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Displaying incredible reflex saves throughout, the 29-year-old from Al Ahly man looked unbeatable against the world-class attacking duo of Suarez and Cavani.
The Pharoahs dealt well with Uruguay's threat and Cuper clearly felt that it was safe to keep Salah back for more winnable games against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
Just before then, Suarez could have given Uruguay the lead in the first half as he missed an absolute sitter after hitting the side net from close range.
"During this period, all the players observed Ramadan", Cuper said.
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