By Johnny Edward.
A total of 725 Nigerian players were involved in the winter and summer transfer windows in 2022 which accounted for the fifth highest global transfer in the world, Saturday PUNCH reports.
Ghana and Ivory Coast are the other African teams (with a total of 515 players 428 movements) in the top 10.
The transfers involving these Nigerian players during that period commanded a total of $104.2m, which is the 19th highest in the world according to a document released by world governing body, FIFA.
Nigeria was also represented in the top 10 most transferred women players globally.
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 Awoniyi also joined Nottingham Forest for £20m after a successful season with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.
Midfielder, Joe Aribo also ditched Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership for Southampton and cost 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 players transferred in 2022 with a total of 2,061 professionals making moves across the world.The deal for those players during that period summed up to $843.2m.
Argentina are placed second on the log with 1,004 while France are third and they have the highest number of transfer moves in Europe with a total of 921 transfers valued at £591.5m.
England are fourth with 848 transfers which is valued at £249.7m and Nigeria in fifth.
Colombia are sixth with 711 players moving during the transfer window and the transfer value placed at £203.6m.
Spain had a total of 603 players during the 2022 transfer windows which cost £262.5m while Serbia completed the top 10 countries with the most transferred players in 2022 with a total of 425 players transfers.