Nigeria ranked 5th in the world behind England for transfers completed in 2022

TRANSFERS Nigeria ranked 5th in the world behind England for transfers completed in 2022

Jidechi Chidiezie 16:00 - 28.01.2023

Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire are the only other African countries in the global top 10.

Nigeria have come fifth in a listing for the highest global transfers in the world for 2022 after a total of 725 Nigerian players were accounted to have switched football clubs in the winter and summer windows.

According to a document released by the world governing body, FIFA, the transfers which involved these Nigerian players in 2022 commanded a total of $104.2 million.

At $104.2 million, Nigerian players' total for transfers ranks as the 19th most expensive in 2022.

Top Nigerian player transfers for 2022

One of the most expensive transfers involving Nigerian players in 2022 saw Umar Sadiq transfer from Almeria to Real Sociedad for €26 million plus add-ons.

The Premier League also saw recorded Nigerians switching clubs with Emmanuel Dennis and Taiwo Awoniyi joining Nottingham Forest from Championship side Watford and Bundesliga side Union Berlin, respectively.

While Dennis completed his move for £25 million, Awoniyi, left Germany for England for the sum of £20 million.

Another top-profile transfer saw Calvin Bassey complete a €27 million plus add-ons switch to Eredivisie champions Ajax, from the Scottish side, Rangers.

Midfielder Joe Aribo also left Rangers to join Southampton in the Premier League for £10 million plus add-ons, while David Okereke completed a €10 million transfer from Belgian powerhouses Club Brugge to Cremonese.

Nigeria was also represented in the top 10 international transfers of female players.

Brazil contribute to the most transfers in 2022

Brazil accounted for the highest number of players transferred in 2022 with a total of 2,061 professionals summed up to $843.2 million.

Argentina came in second on the log with 1,004 with France as third, recording the highest number of transfer moves in Europe at a total of 921 transfers valued at £591.5 million.

England came in fourth with 848 transfers which are valued at £249.7 million and Nigeria, in fifth.

Colombia (711 players), Spain (603 players), Ghana (515 players) and Cote d'Ivoire (428 players) and Serbia (425 players) complete the top 10.