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Super Eagles drop in latest financial rankings

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved down in the latest financial rankings of national teams.

They now have a total value of €256.90 million due to the massive boost of players plying their trade in Europe’s lucrative leagues. 

According to the BBC, before the latest rankings, the Eagles were placed 20th, with a market value of €307.13 million.

The three-time African champions are ranked the 21st most valuable international team globally while retaining their third most valuable team position in Africa.

According to the latest financial rankings, the Nigerian squad value witnessed a decrease of €50 million compared to the squad value of €226.65 million.

While Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen has the highest rise between the end of the 2021/22 season and the 2022/23 season, his non-involvement with the national team in recent times due to injuries means he wasn’t included in the squad.

His excellent form, despite his limited time, saw a massive €5 million rise in his market value, moving from €60 million to €65 million, moving him above Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, whose value dropped from €60 million to €50 million due to injuries and recent poor form.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Samuel Chukwueze are both valued at €20 million each in the ranking.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who recently hit his first million in his career, also saw an increase of €2.5 million following his recent move to Watford, as he is currently valued at €3.5 million.

Of the 27 players listed in the squad by the transfer market, 17 players fall within the range of players with a value of less than €10 million.

Captain Ahmed Musa (€3.40 million), Cyriel Dessers (€6 million), Frank Onyeka (€9 million), Raphael Onyedika (€8 million), Ola Aina (€3.5 million) are some of the players with less than €10 million value.

The decrease and increase in the players’ value put together culminated in the Eagles moving down to 21st place globally while retaining their position as the third most valuable team on the continent.

Ivory Coast overtook Senegal to become the most valuable African team while the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winners are second.

Meanwhile, England retains their position as the most financially valuable team in the world with a market value of €1.36 billion.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor