The CIES Football Observatory, a research group affiliated with the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), recently released its updated compilation of the most valuable players in global football.
The report compiled the list based on players' estimated transfer values and the fees paid for them.
Osimhen and Boniface soar
Super Eagles duo Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface featured in the list. The list has England and Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham ranked number one and valued at €267.5m, surpassing Norway’s Erling Haaland and his two Brazilian teammates Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes.
Osimhen, who was very instrumental in Napoli winning the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years, was ranked 36th and valued at €100.5m. The Nigeria striker scored 26 goals as the Naples outfit outclassed their competitors to win the coveted league title.
Boniface on the other hand is ranked 98th with a value of €72.5m. And it comes as no surprise that Boniface made the list after the 23-year-old moved to Bayer Leverkusen from Union Saint-Gilloise in July 2022.
Boniface has been in phenomenal form this season and has managed to score 16 goals and provided eight assists to his teammates in 23 games.
Other Africans make the cut
Other Africans to make the list are Ghana and West Ham's Mohammed Kudus (49th), and Nicolas Jackson (61st), the Senegal and Chelsea striker.
Osimhen and Boniface are tasked to help restore the Super Eagles to international glory as they compete with 23 other African nations at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast this month.