Ranked: Victor Osimhen Leads Star Studded List of Top 10 Most Valuable Players in Africa

Ranked: Victor Osimhen Leads Star Studded List of Top 10 Most Valuable Players in Africa

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
  • A player's transfer market value is based on a number of variables, such as age, current form, position, and contract status, among a host of others
  • Overall, the transfer market value is calculated using a sophisticated formula that considers a number of factors
  • Sports Brief takes a look at the top 10 African football players in terms of current market value

African footballers have recently stood out among their compatriots from other continents in the European competitions available for the 2022–2023 season.

Their achievements have drawn a lot of attention, in addition to their astounding and egregious statistics.

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, who is battling to clinch the top scorers' award in the Serie A, Mohamed Salah, Achraf Hakimi and Sadio Mane all made the list of the most valuable African players currently.

Victor Osimhen, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Salah
Victor Osimhen leads a star-studded list of the top 10 most valuable players in Africa. Photo credit: @brfotoball
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Here is the list of the top 10 most valuable African players, culled from Transfermarkt.

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10. Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria) - €32 million

Currently ranked 10th among African players, Wilfred Ndidi has a trasnfermarkt value of €32 million.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has seen his stocks head south largely due to recurring injuries, which have curtailed his growth as one of the best in his positions.

He has mustered 18 appearances for Leicester City in the Premier League this campaign.

9. Nayef Aguerd (Morocco) - €32 million

The 27-year-old played a significant role in helping the Atlas Lions of Morocco reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup semifinal in Qatar.

Despite West Ham's overall underwhelming performance this campaign, Aguerd has been brilliant in the heart of the defence for the Hammers.

According to infogol, Aguerd has an 82 per cent success rate for tackles made, picking up just three yellow cards in the 944 minutes he has played in the Premier League.

8. Ibrahim Sangare (Ivory Coast) - €35 million

Sangare has become a household name in the Dutch top flight after swapping Toulouse for PSV Eindhoven.

He has been a key cog for Ruud Vanistelrooy's side and is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe, owing to his impressive performance this season.

The Ivorian has mustered 2061 minutes in the Eredivisie, accompanied by four goals and completing an eyewatering 1109 passes.

7. Thomas Partey (Ghana) - €38 million

One of the reasons for Arsenal's title charge this campaign - is Thomas Partey.

The Ghana international has been instrumental for the Gunners throughout the season, effortlessly conducting Arsenal's flow of play with his peerless passing range and supreme physical presence.

Should he manage to stay fit in the remainder of Arsenal's games, you could bet your last coin on Mikel Arteta's charges securing their first Premier League title since 2003-04.

6. Frank Anguissa (Cameroon) - €40 million

Another midfielder leading a title charge for his side is Cameroon's mountain of a man, Frank Zambo Anguissa.

Aside from his central role, which sees him use his strength and reach to foil attacks while using his array of passing to recycle possession, Anguissa has four goals and two assists for Napoli in the Serie A.

Despite the demands of his role and unflappable approach, he has only two yellow cards throughout the campaign.

5. Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) - €40 million

After witnessing a sharp decline in his transfer value, Bennacer is making steady growth owing to his consistency for AC Milan.

He was one of the mainstays in Stefano Pioli's side that won Milan its first league title since 2011 under Max Allegri.

His well-cultured left foot is capable of unleashing pile drivers, one of the attributes in his locker room which makes him a standout.

4. Sadio Mane (Senegal) - €45 million

The former Liverpool star needs no introduction. Absolutely a menace for any defence on his day, but an unfortunate injury has short-circuited his display for Bayern Munich this season.

He is currently back and is expected to allow his experience to come to bear as the Bavarians chase the treble - Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal.

Mane remains the reigning African footballer of the year and could defend the gong should he win the treble with Bayern.

3. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) - €70 million

At just 24, Achraf Hakimi is a well-travelled footballer, having played for Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and now Paris Saint-Germain.

He is rated as one of the best right-backs in the world presently, and despite the serious allegations levelled at him, the marauding Moroccan still features for Les Parisians.

Hakimi has participated in 16 games (plus 5 as a sub). He has 12 total shots, 7 of which have been on goal and 4 goals. The defender averages 90 per cent pass completion percentage, 47 passes per game, and 3 assists each game.

2. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) - €70 million

Salah has appeared in 26 games for Liverpool in what has been a topsy-turvy campaign.

He has mustered 65 total shots, 33 of which have been on goal, and 11 goals (13.98 xG).

The Egyptian makes an average of 27 passes each game, with a 78% completion rate. He also averages 7 assists per game.

1. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) - €32 million

Undoubtedly, Osimhen's form, which has made him one of the most sought-after forwards, sees him sit pretty at the top of the most valuable players on the continent.

The prolific striker from Nigeria has 21 goals in 23 games in the 2022–2023 Serie A season.

The red-hot striker averages 0.91 goals per 90 minutes overall and is now valued at €100 million.