Twelve of the 20 most valuable players in the African Cup of Nations represent teams in England's top-flight, with Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah leading the way.
Twelve of the 20 most valuable players in the tournament represent teams in England's top-flight, with Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah leading the way.
The league's top goalscorer this season is valued at €90m, according to TransferRoom’s Expected Transfer Value calculations.
Salah's Liverpool teammate, the Senegalese striker Sadio Mane, is third on the list (see top 10 below), valued at €63.5m, behind PSG and Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi (€82.6m), who is the only representative from Ligue 1 in the top 20.
Two more Premier League players, Thomas Partey (Arsenal and Ghana) and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City and Nigeria) round out the top five, valued at €53.42m and €50m, respectively.
There are three representatives in total from the Bundesliga in the top 20, with Edmond Tapsoba of Burkina Faso (€49.29m) ranked sixth overall and joined by his Bayer Leverkusen teammate Odilon Kossounou of Ivory Coast (€27.61m) and RB Leipzig's Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara (€27.53m).
The most valuable African player in Italy is actually Victor Osimhen, but the Napoli striker, who has an xTV of €75.715m, will not be playing at AFCON. Instead, AC Milan's Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer (€41.30m) is the highest-ranked Serie A participant, with club teammate Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast in 17th place (€27.66m) and Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in 12th (€37.15m).
Spain's LaLiga has just one representative in the top 20, Sevilla's Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesryi, who has an xTV of €41.98m.
The other Premier League-based players in the top 20 are: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea and Senegal); Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City and Algeria); Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast); Naby Keita (Guinea and Liverpool); Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal and Ivory Coast); Ismaila Sarr (Watford and Senegal); and Said Benrahma (West Ham and Algeria).
The tournament, postponed from 2021 because of Covid-19, runs to February 6.
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