Just in: Alex Iwobi Tops Nigerian Players’ Rich List, congratulations on his achievement
Arsenal winger Iwobi has overthrown Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi as the most valuable Nigerian footballer, according to the latest monthly update by CIES Football Observatory.
With a value of €52.4 million, the Hale End Academy product is the only Nigerian player worth above 50 million euros across the top five leagues in Europe.
Iwobi perfect for club and country in October, and featured in every single game played by Arsenal and the Super Eagles, hence the increase in his value.
The transfer value of the Foxes number 25 was at an all-time high of €79.2m in February 2018, making him the most expensive African U21 player as at that time and his value has reduced by €18.5m since the closing summer’s World Cup that was held in Russia.
Out-of-favour Chelsea winger Victor Moses is the third most valuable Nigerian player at €37.4m; Kelechi Iheanacho (€17.5m) and Bordeaux’ Samuel Kalu (€8.3m) complete the top five.
Valued at €6.1m, Udinese’s William Troost-Ekong is the most expensive Nigerian defender while Villarreal’s new kid on the block Samuel Chukwueze is the most valuable Nigerian teenager at €3.6m.