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Nigeria’s Osimhen is number 3 among world’s top 10 footballers born in 1998



The ranking of players born in 1998 with the highest price tag, according to Transfermarkt.

10) Cristian Romero (defender, Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur): €60 million

9)Dayot Upamecano (defender, France/Bayern Munich): €60 million

8) Randal Kolo Muani (forward, France/Eintracht Frankfurt): €65 million

7) Trent Alexander-Arnold (defender, England/Liverpool): 65 million euros


6) Eder Militao (defender, Brazil/Real Madrid): 70 million euros

  •  Achraf Hakimi (defender, Morocco/Paris Saint-Germain): €70 million
  • Martin Odegaard (midfielder, Norway/Arsenal): 80 million euros
  • Victor Osimhen (Forward, Nigeria/Napoli) 100million euros

2) Federico Valverde (midfielder, Uruguay/Real Madrid): €100 million

  1. Kylian Mbappé (forward, France/Paris Saint-Germain): €180 million


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.