Ghana is the highest exporter of footballers from Africa in 2018 – Report
Ghana has ranked number 1 in Africa as the country to have transferred the most footballers abroad in the year 2018.
The country shipped out 39 players to rank 6th globally in 2018. Only Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Colombia and Germany have transferred more players abroad in the same period with Brazil topping the list with 64 players, according to a report by the CIES Football Observatory.
This Monthly Report analyses the presence of expatriate footballers in 147 leagues from 98 national associations. Five championships from five different countries were added in comparison to the study carried out in 2018.
In terms of the number of players abroad overall, Ghana ranked number 12 in the world with 286 players playing abroad. Nigeria is Africa’s highest exporter of footballers with 361 of them currently playing abroad, coming in at number 10.
Brazil is at the top of the rankings for countries exporting footballers. In total, 1,330 players having grown up in Brazil play in the 147 leagues covered in this report. Brazilians are present in 85 associations out of 98.