Super Eagles stars Victor Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi listed among the top 100 most valuable players in world football

Osimhen and Ndidi are among the most valued players in the world.


Super Eagles stars Victor Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi have been valued as one of the top 100 players in the world.

Osimhen and Ndidi were included in biannual list of most expensive players in Europe’s top five leagues released by The International Centre for Sports Studies, known mostly by the initials CIES.

The list by CIES is done with a powerful econometric approach to assess the transfer value of professional footballers on a scientific basis (methodology).

For the just-released list, Lille striker Osimhen is in 66th position and valued at €64.3m, higher than players like Anthony MartialTammy Abraham, Raphael Varene etc.

Leicester City midfielder Ndidi who is recognised as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe is 94th on the list and valued at €50m.

Top five in Africa

Victor Osimhen impressed last season for Lille (Twitter/Lille)Victor Osimhen impressed last season for Lille (Twitter/Lille)Twitter

Osimhen and Ndidi are the only Super Eagles players on the list and in truth, they are currently the most highly rated Nigerian players.

Osimhen, 21, impressed in his debut season at Lille where he scored 18 goals in 31 games to finish as the club’s Player of the Season.

He was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season for his performances last season. His stock continues to rise as he is admired by a host of big clubs across Europe.

ArsenalNapoliTottenham and Liverpool are reported to be interested in signing him.

Since he joined Leicester City, Ndidi has seen his stock rise every year with his solid performances for the Premier League club.Wilfred Ndidi is known to be one of the best midfielders in Europe (Getty Images)Wilfred Ndidi is known to be one of the best midfielders in Europe (Getty Images)Getty Images

He improved even further for Leicester City this season and has played a key role in their thriving push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

On the CIES list, Osimhen is fourth from an African perspective with Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, Senegal and Liverpool player Sadio Mane and Cote d’Ivoire and Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe all above him.

Ndidi is ranked fifth in Africa.

In the general ranking, Paris Saint-Germain and France international Kylian Mbappe is number one on the list with a value of €259.2m.

England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling (€194.7m), England and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho (€179.1M), England and Liverpool defender (€171.1m) and England and Manchester United frontman Marcus Rashford (€152.3m) all make up the top five.


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