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Nigeria is ranked fifth highest exporter of football talents in the world and biggest in Africa by CIES Football Observatory.

The report by the research outfit focuses on international migration in football and it reveals that Nigeria has a number of 596 players in leagues across the world.

The countries with more numbers than Nigeria are Brazil (1,784), Argentina (929), France (758) and Serbia (607).

The research also reveals the total number of football clubs in the world as 6,135. The world also have 458 leagues in 183 countries..

Nigerian players celebrate with the crowd after their 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification football match against Ivory Coast on July 6, 2013 in Kaduna. Nigeria defeated Ivory Coast 4 - 1. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian players celebrate with the crowd after their 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification football match against Ivory Coast on July 6, 2013 in Kaduna. Nigeria defeated Ivory Coast 4 – 1. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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