Nigeria has produced a lot of highly talented football players over the last four decades. Many of those stars used to play in attacking positions. However, now even defenders and goalkeepers from the Nigeria are making a name for themselves across different leagues in the world.
Jay Jay Okocha, Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami and Kanu Nwankwo are just a few iconic Nigerian players to have graced the football pitch.
Nonetheless, the players from Nigeria are some of the most well-known footballers in Africa at the moment.
The Transfermarkt market values are calculated, taking into account various pricing models. A major factor is the Transfermarkt community, whose members discuss and evaluate player market values in detail. In general, the Transfermarkt market values are not to be equated with transfer fees.
On, that note let’s take a look at the top 9 most valuable Nigerian players at the moment according to Transfermarkt.com.
- Emmanuel Dennis – €14 million
The 24-year-old joined the Hornets in 2021 and was one of the few shining lights in what was a disappointing season as a whole at Vicarage Road. Dennis topped the Watford goalscoring charts and gave his side whatever little hope they had of avoiding relegation. 10 goals and six assists in 35 games was a good return by all standards.
His valuation has seen an increment from the €4 million paid by Watford to Club Brugge to €14 million at the moment.
- Paul Onuachu – €17 million
One of Belgian Pro League most underrated players, Onuachu has been a key cog in the Genk wheel.
The Nigerian is one of the best strikers in Belgium at the moment and netted 23 goals in all competitions last term.
His €6 million transfer fee paid to Midtjylland in 2019 sure seems like a bargain now. He is currently valued at €17 million, a sum that will only bound to go up.
- Alex Iwobi – €18 million
The 26-year-old was signed by Everton at the beginning of the 2019/20 season who triggered his release clause of €30.6 million at Arsenal.
Injuries and inconsistencies have stopped him from showcasing his true potential at Everton. As a consequence, his transfer value has dropped to €18 million.
- Sadiq Umar – €18 million
Nigeria have a very strong squad at the moment, especially when it comes to the attacking department. One of the shining stars of the Super Eagles is Almeria’s Sadiq Umar.
The skilful attacker has made name for himself with the exciting Almeria squad.
His consistent performances helped his club gain promotion to Spanish La Liga. In just half a year since moving to Almeria, his transfer value has increased to €18 million.
- Kelechi Iheanacho – €20 million
The former Manchester City player is one of the most skilful attackers in the Leicester City team.
Last season, he scored four goals and contributed five assists.
At 25, he is at his peak and currently valued at €20 million.
- Samuel Chukwueze – €20 million
The Villarreal winger has one of the best first touches in the La Liga and despite limited appearances for Unai Emery’s men he has found the back of the net and his teammates consistently.
He has continued to impress with his skills and wand of a left foot in the Spanish top-flight.
He is 23 but still commands a €20 million transfer valuation.
- Taiwo Awoniyi – €20 million
Awoniyi is underrated despite his numbers and contributions in the last season.
The former FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron, KAA Gent and Mainz 05 striker netted 20 goals in all competitions during the 2021/22 campaign.
He has all the potential to join the list of prolific goalscorers from Nigeria, namely – Rashidi Yekini, Nwankwo Kanu and Obafemi Martins, which is why he is valued at €20 million at the moment.
- Wilfred Ndidi – €60 million
Ndidi’s rise to becoming a good player has been phenomenal, and looking back, his €17.6 million fee, paid in 2017, looks like an absolute bargain price.
He is in his sixth season with the club and has already been important for the Foxes. He also helped Nigeria win Bronze at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.
He has been linked with a move to Manchester United for the last year or so, but any club willing to sign him will have to dig deep into their coffers for a player who is currently valued at €60 million.
- Victor Osimhen – €65 million
Osimhen is one of the best players in the world currently. The striker has been very prolific since signing for Napoli in 2020.
The player was the then record signing for the Italian club, costing €72 million in 2020. Unlike many of Napoli’s attacking signings, the player settled in really well at the club and is one of the most important players for them at the moment.