A total of 725 Nigerian players took part in the winter and summer transfer windows in 2022, which was the fifth-highest overall transfer in the world. saturday punch reports.
Ghana and Ivory Coast are the other African teams (with a total of 515 players 428 moves) in the top 10.
Transfers involving these Nigerian players during that period totaled $104.2 million, which is the 19th highest in the world according to a document released by the world governing body, FIFA.
Nigeria was also represented among the top 10 most transferred players globally.
Some of the best Nigerian players on 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-on transfer to Ajax, Emmanuel Dennis joined Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest from champions Watford for £25m.
Taiwo Awoniyi also joined Nottingham Forest for £20 million after a successful season with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.
Midfielder Joe Aribo also left Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership for Southampton costing the Saints £10m plus add-ons, while David Okereke completed a €10m move to Cremonese from Belgian giants, Club Brugge.
Meanwhile, Brazil accounted for the highest number of transfer players in 2022 with a total of 2,061 professionals making moves around the world. The deal for those players during that period totaled $843.2 million.
Argentina is second on the record with 1,004, while France is third and has the highest number of transfer moves in Europe with a total of 921 transfers valued at £591.5m.
England sit fourth with 848 transfers, valued at £249.7m, and Nigeria in fifth.
Colombia are in sixth place with 711 players moving during the transfer window and the transfer value sits at £203.6 million. Spain had a total of 603 players during the 2022 transfer windows that cost £262.5m, while Serbia rounded out the top 10 countries with the most players transferred in 2022 with a total of 425 player transfers.