Jubilation as Osimhen, 1 other Nigerian player listed among top 150 most expensive football stars in the world

Jubilation as Osimhen, 1 other Nigerian player listed among top 150 most expensive football stars in the world

- Nigerian superstars Victor Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi are among the 150 most expensive football stars in the world

- The Napoli star ranks 98th on the list while the Leicester City midfielder is the 122nd most valuable player

- Kylian Mbappe tops the list at a price of €185 million, seconded by Harry Kane

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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been ranked the 98th most expensive player in the world according to the latest KPMG report published on the market value of 150 football stars.

The 22-year-old currently holds the status of Africa's most expensive player after his move from Lille to Napoli last summer.

His signature cost the Italian League giants about €83 million and the report values the former youth international at €50 million (about N29 billion). And this makes him the most valued Nigerian footballer.

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However, in spite of a fall of €6.8 million on his valuation from December 2020, the Nigerian still ranks higher than the duo of Paul Pogba and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Nigeria stars Ndidi and Osimhen among 150 richest footballers in the world
Victor Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi with Moses Simon and Omeruo after Nigeria's triumph over Tunisia at the 2019 AFCON championship. Photo by Gehad Hamdy/picture alliance
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This was due to the injury he picked up while on international duty for his country as well as the COVID-19 setback among other factors.

Also on the list of the 150 most valued players in the world is Leicester City defensive midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, who is ranked 122nd in the globe.

Top 10 most valuable footballers in the world according to KPMG

  1. Kylian Mbappe €185m
  2. Harry Kane €125m
  3. Raheem Sterling €125m
  4. Jadon Sancho €117.6m
  5. Neymar €115m
  6. Mohamed Salah €115m
  7. Marcus Rashford €115m
  8. Marcus Rashford €113.5m
  9. Alexander-Arnold €110.8m
  10. Sadio Mane €110m

The former Genk player is currently priced at €44.2 million (about 26 Billion Naira) following the rise of a million Euros from December 2020 as reported by Score Nigeria.

Meanwhile, red-hot Paul Onuachu managed to slide into the list as the 666th most valuable footballer with a price tag of €14.10 million - €8 million rises from December 2020 owing to his superb performances at the moment.

PSG star forward Kylian Mbappe is ranked as the most expensive player in the world with a value of €185 million Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling come second and third with a value of €125 million each.

Jadon Sancho came in fourth valued at €117.6m, while Neymar, Mohamed Salah, and Marcus Rashford are fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively but with a price of €115 million each.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi burst into laughter after asking his countryman Kelechi Iheanacho for his jersey.

The attacker was an unused substitute for the Foxes in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the Villa Park over the weekend as they moved to third position on the table.

Ndidi on the other hand was on the pitch all the way and also bagged a yellow card at the end of the meeting away from home.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

Source: SportsBrief.com