Not since the all-conquering 1994 set of Super Eagles players have Nigerians been as excited about the national team as they are with the present crop of players – and for good reason.
Across Europe’s top five leagues and even in the lesser leagues, Nigerian players continue to dazzle and are consistently ranked among the best performers.
The impressive performances have also impacted on the market values of Super Eagles players according to data compiled by transfer market specialists Transfermarkt.co.uk.
And according to the website, Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is currently the priciest Super Eagle with a market value of £40.50m.
Ndidi, 23, joined the Foxes in 2017 for £16m but has seen his value soar to £40.50m on the back of constant world-class performances at the base of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield.
The former Genk player has made 29 appearances and scored twice for Leicester City in all competitions this season.
Next on the list is Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi whose market value of £28.8m is a steep decline from the £40m the Toffees paid Arsenal for his services last summer but reflects the stop-start season he’s had after struggling with injuries.
Lille striker Victor Osimhen, 21, and Villareal forward Samuel Chukwueze, 20, are both valued at £27m apiece.
However, while Chukwueze’s value remained unchanged from the last updates, Osimhen’s has exploded exponentially from its previous value of £11.70m mirroring his status as one of the world’s most promising strikers.
The striker who has been strongly linked with a summer move to Liverpool is Lille’s top scorer this season with 18 goals in 38 games in all competitions.
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has also seen his value rice as his resurgence this season is replicated in his market value which rose from £10.80m to £13.50m in the latest updates.
The 23-year-old – recalled to the Super Eagles after being dropped for the 2019 AFCON – is enjoying a rebirth at the King Power and has scored eight times in 18 games in all competitions.
Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis has also enjoyed a spike in value to £10.80m following a breakout season capped by a memorable brace against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu and a beautiful strike against Manchester United.
Torino defender Ola Aina, on-loan Galatasaray forward Henry Onyekuru and Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa are all tied on £9m.
Moses Simon on loan at French side Nantes from Spanish club Levante is valued at £7.20m – a massive improvement on the £5.40 the Spanish side paid Gent for his services two years ago.
Simon’s stay at Nantes where he has notched nine goals and contributed eight assists in 30 appearances is likely to be made permanent after manager Christian Gourcuff expressed a desire to retain him beyond his loan.
Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu who is rated as the 10th best dribbler in Ligue 1 by statisticians Opta is also valued the same as Moses.
Meanwhile, Belgium-born Cyriel Dessers is has seen his market value nearly triple in worth to £3.60m following his exploits for Dutch side Heracles Almelo.
The 26-year-old who earned a maiden call up to the national squad for the now-postponed 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone is the joint-leading in the Dutch Eredivisie with 15 goals in 26 games.
The pair of Granada midfielder Ramon Azeez and on-loan Wigan defender Leon Balogun have seen dramatic drops in their values to £900k.
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has had a fantastic season for his PSL side and earned a recall to the national side following a long-term injury to Francis Uzoho.
Although the 33-year-old’s value has risen like fine old wine, at £675k he is worth the least of current players in the national team.
Top 11 Most Valuable Super Eagles Players
- Wilfred Ndidi £40.50m
- Alex Iwobi £28.8m
- Victor Osimhen £27m
- Samuel Chukwueze £27m
- Kelechi Iheanacho £13.50m
- Emmanuel Dennis £10.80m
- Ola Aina £9m
- Henry Onyekuru £9m
- Ahmed Musa £9m
- Moses Simon £7.20m
- Samuel Kalu £7.20