In the latest financial rankings of national football teams released by Transfermarkt for the year, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have witnessed a remarkable surge in their squad market value, propelling them to the 12th position globally. This surge also solidifies their status as the most financially valuable team in Africa, MySportDab report.
Boasting a squad comprising players who ply their trade in Europe’s prestigious leagues, the Super Eagles now hold a total market value of €465.90 million.
At the current exchange rate, this impressive figure translates to a staggering N465 billion. This surge represents a significant climb from October when they held the 13th position with a market value of €451.60 million.
The squad’s value experienced an increase of €14.3 million compared to its previous rating, with the inclusion of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nathan Tella and outstanding performances by other players contributing to this substantial rise.
Nathan Tella, making a noteworthy debut for the national team against Zimbabwe, commands a market value of €23 million. Meanwhile, Victor Osimhen, recently crowned Africa Player of The Year, stands out as Nigeria’s most expensive player with a market value of €120 million, almost a quarter of the entire squad’s value.
Bayer Leverkusen sensation Boniface is the team’s second most expensive player with a worth of €40 million, followed by in-form Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman at €30 million.
Despite a drop in value for strikers Taiwo Awoniyi and Alex Iwobi from €30 million to €28 million, they share the position of the team’s joint fourth most expensive players. Players like Samuel Chukwueze, Terem Moffi, Moses Simon, Calvin Bassey, Ola Aina, Jordan Torunarigha, and Frank Onyeka also contributed to the overall rise in their market values.
Among the goalkeepers listed, Maduka Okoye is the standout, holding a million-euro valuation at €2 million, while others like Francis Uzoho and Adebayo Adeleye trail with valuations of €500,000 and €400,000, respectively.
The collective increase in individual player values has propelled the Super Eagles to the 12th spot globally, affirming their status as the most valuable team on the African continent.
Notably, Morocco experienced a significant rise, securing the second position in Africa and 13th globally with a squad value of €350.80 million. Ivory Coast and Senegal also maintained strong positions, further establishing Africa’s football prowess on the global stage.
As the Super Eagles continue their ascent, the football world watches eagerly to see how this financial success translates into on-field achievements in upcoming competitions.