FIFA Transfer Report: Nigeria Maintains Top Ten Status in 2021


Nigeria continues to rank high among countries whose players are hot in demand in the latest FIFA transfer report.

The country is maintaining the top ten ranking for the second year in a row after debuting in 2020.

FIFA Transfer Report Top 10

With a total of 624 players, Nigeria occupies the sixth position in the 2021 top ten ranking for transfers.

The breakdown shows that Nigerian clubs received more outgoing transfers than they spent on incoming transfers.

Overall, players of 179 nationalities took part in international transfers in 2021, contributing to the vibrant football ecosystem all over the globe.

However, the top ten nationalities alone accounted for more than 40% of all international transfers in the FIFA transfer report.

Furthermore, in 2021, 185 of FIFA’s 211 member associations took part in transfers of professional players across all continents.

With an increase of 5.1% compared to 2020, a total of 18,068 international transfers recorded in 2021.

The numbers are just slightly below the pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

FIFA Transfer Report men

There were 15,617 different players partaking in transfers, representing 179 nationalities, with 2,115 of them moving more than once during the course of the year (e.g. going out on loan and then returning from that loan
within the same year).

Spending on transfer fees declined for the second year in a row, with a total of USD 4.86 billion.
The figure represents a fall of 13.6% in comparison to 2020 and 33.8% below the record levels of 2019.

Global transfer report

While all clubs needed to freshen up their squads (with the overall number of transfers at a similar level to the 2019 peak), clubs were not as eager to pay transfer fees, and therefore the total transfer fees hit a five-year low in 2021.

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