A total of 725 Nigerians were involved in the winter and summer transfer windows in 2022 which accounted for the fifth highest global transfer in the world and valued at $104.2m while Nigeria was also represented in the top 10 most transferred women players globally.
Brazil accounted for the highest number of players transferred in 2022 with a total of 2,061 professionals making moves across the world. Argentina came second on the log with 1,004 while France with a total of 921 transfers came third.
England are fourth with 848 transfers, Colombia are sixth with 711 players. Spain had a total of 603 players during the 2022 transfer windows while Ghana joined Nigeria in the top 10 sitting eighth on the log with a total of 515 players. Ivory Coast came ninth with 428 movements while Serbia completed the top 10 countries with the most transferred players in 2022 with a total of 425 players transfers.
Nigeria’s transfers commanded a total of $104.2m, which is the 19th highest in the world. The top ten spots in terms of spending were still held exclusively by nationalities from South America and Europe.
Some of Nigerian top players in the 2022 transfer market include Umar Sadiq who joined Real Sociedad from Almeria for €26m plus add-ons. Calvin Bassey completed a €27m plus add-ons move to Ajax, Emmanuel Dennis joined Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest from championship side Watford for £25m.
Taiwo after a successful season in the Bundesliga joined Nottingham Forest from Union Berlin for £20m. Joe Aribo’s move from Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership cost Southampton £10m plus add-ons while David Okereke completed a €10m move to Cremonese from Belgian giants, Club Brugge.