Nigeria has the most players abroad in Africa - Study

Naija Players Abroad By: Linus Onyeze | 13/05/2017

John Obi Mikel is one of the Nigerian footballers abroad.John Obi Mikel is one of the Nigerian footballers abroad.

Nigeria has the highest number of players abroad in Africa and the ninth highest in the world, according to international football statisticians CIES Football Observatory.

The football statisticians have published a list of the countries with the most footballers in leagues other than that of their country of birth.

According to the study, Nigeria has no fewer than 292 of its citizens playing professional football abroad, making her the country with the highest number of export of footballers on the continent, with Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and Ivory Coast coming in second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The study also claims that of the 292 Nigerian professional footballers abroad, 84 percent play in European Leagues.

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Meanwhile, Brazil (1,202) is ranked first in the world, followed by France (781) , Argentina (753), Serbia (460) and England (451).

Spain is in sixth place with 362, followed by Germany with 335. Croatia is in eighth place with 323, Nigeria behind (292) and Uruguay completes the top ten with 288.