Osimhen, Onana, and Salah Lead AFCON Ivory Coast 2023’s Most Valuable XI

Osimhen, Onana, and Salah Lead AFCON Ivory Coast 2023’s Most Valuable XI

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is two days away from kick off in Ivory Coast
  • It will feature some of the continent’s biggest stars, including Victor Osimhen
  • The majority of these players are in European leagues with high market values

African football boasts of some of the best and biggest names in European football, who will be converging in Ivory Coast for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The reigning African footballer of the year will lead the line for Nigeria while defending champions Senegal have newly wedded Sadio Mane, with two-time finalist Mohamed Salah set to lead Egypt.

Victor Osimhen, Napoli, Atalanta, Gewiss Stadium, Serie A.
Victor Osimhen is the most valuable player at AFCON 2023 with a market value of €110m. Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini.
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Srts Brief looks at the most valuable XI at the tournament in a 4-3-3 formation via Transfermarkt.

AFCON's Most Valuable XI

GK - Andre Onana

The Manchester United goalkeeper has the highest market value of any shot-stopper at the tournament at €40 million. He is yet to link up with the Cameroon squad after an agreement with his club to join later.

Defence - Ait-Nouri, Tapsoba, Diomande, Hakimi

Algeria and Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri (€28mil), Bayer Leverkusen and Burkina Faso’s Edmond Tapsoba (€40mil), Sporting CP and Ivory Coast’s Ousmane Diomande and PSG and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi complete backline.

Tapsoba and Diomande are two of the most sought-after defenders in Europe, and both could move from their clubs by the summer.

Midfield - Sarr, Anguissa, Kudus

Per Evening Standard, Tottenham’s Pape Matar Sarr (€15mil) was passed fit after his injury against Bournemouth. The Senegalese lines up in midfield with Cameroon and Napoli’s Franck Anguissa (€35mil). Ghana and West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus (€45mil) completes the midfield.

Attack - Adli, Osimhen, Salah

Africa’s best player, Victor Osimhen, is unsurprisingly the most valuable player at € 110 million, while two-time African Best Mohamed Salah is valued at € 65 million. Morocco and Bayer Leverkusen winger Amine Adli(€25mil) slightly edges Sadio Mane to complete the front three.

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Top 5 most valuable AFCON squad

Sports Brief reported that Nigeria has the most valuable squad at this year's Africa Cup of Nations owing largely to Osimhen’s massive market value of €110, more than 14 other countries.

The three-time champions have a squad valued at €465.9mil, over a hundred million more than the Atlas Lions of Morocco, who are in second place and valued at €350.8mil.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.