FIFA ranks Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen world’s 18th most expensive player
Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has been rated the 18th most expensive player in the world followed by FIFA ranking of the world’s most expensive players.
Osimhen is ranked 18th in the world in the last decade after his transfer from the French Ligue 1 side of Lille to Series A side of Napoli in August 2020, according to a report issued by FIFA.
The move makes him also the most costly signing in Africa, overshadowing a year earlier the 80 million euro move by Ivoirian Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal from Lille.
After moving from Barcelona to PSG for € 222 million in 2017, Brazilian forward Neymar is the world’s most expensive player. Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid, who had to pay € 174m two years later. He was joined by Real Madrid.
Philippe Coutinho is ranked as the third most expensive move from Liverpool to Barcelona with €170m in 2018, while Ousmane Dembele is ranked as the fourth to move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017.
With a move to Atletico Madrid from Benfica in 2019, Joao Felix finishes the top five.
Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and James Rodriguez are sixth, seventh and eight respectively with their moves to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Madrid respectively, while Angel Di Maria is in the ninth and 10th positions with his moves to PSG and United respectively.
Osimhen’s move is also the third most expensive in 2020, only bettered by Kai Havertz’s €85m move to Chelsea from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and Arthur Melo’s €82m switch from Juventus to Barcelona.FIFA has only five Africans and no Nigerians on the top 70 transfers.
Pepe’s Ivorycoast is number 21, while Aubameyang’s €63.7m from Dortmund to Arsenal puts Aubameyang in 31st place in Gabon.
With his €60m club record moving from Leipzig to Liverpool, Guinean Naby Keita is 41st.
Ghana’s Thomas Partey, who joined Arsenal at Atletico Madrid for €50 in 2020 and 64th, and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who moved in 2017 for €42 million from AS Rome to Liverpool, are also on the list.