Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who is valued at €60m, is now Nigeria’s most valuable player, Africa’s fourth and 54th in the world.
According to PUNCH Sports Extra, the latest ranking of players were compiled by Transfermarkt, whose algorithm uses such factors as performance, age, and contract length, as well as club and country, represented to determine an individual’s worth.
The website’s chart placed Liverpool duo Mohammed Salah valued at €100m, Saido Mane (€85m), and new Paris Saint Germain signing Achraf Hakimi (€60m) in the top three spots of the African list.
Ivorian Frank Kessie is fifth in the ranking, with Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen was top of the Nigerian chart last season but dropped to sixth spot in the Africa rankings.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Wilfred Zaha, Riyad Mahrez and Edmund Tapsoba complete the top 10 most valuable players in Africa.
Other Nigerians listed among the world’s 500 most valuable players are Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze, Kelechi Iheanacho and Paul Onuachu.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe tops the world’s most valuable list with a whopping €160m.
Erling Haaland comes next with (€130m), Harry Kane (€120m), Jadon Sancho (€100m), Salah (€100m), Romelu Lukaku (€100m), Kevin De Bruyne (€100m), Neymar (€100m), Frenkie De Jong (€90m) and Bruno Fernandes (€90m) completing the top 10.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not part of the top 20 in the world this time.
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The Argentina captain is 21st at €80m value while Ronaldo is 114th with an estimated value of €45m.