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Nigeria Slips Seven Places to 34 in FIFA Rankings

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian football team, the Super Eagles, are now ranked 34th in the latest world ranking from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), dropping seven places from 27.

According to the latest FIFA rankings published on the world football governing body’s official website, the country is now placed on number five in Africa.

Senegal remains Africa’s top team and is now ranked 21st in the world after climbing three spots, followed by Tunisia who now occupies 28th on the global ranking, down two spots from their previous ranking.

Algeria climbed 12 places to 30th in the world and third in Africa, while Morocco climbed nine spots and are now 32nd in the world and fourth in Africa.

Belgium managed to retain their top spot despite being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the European Championship which concluded last month.

Brazil is the second-highest-ranking as it moved up one place to second swapping places with 2018 World Cup winners, France, which dropped to the third spot.

Meanwhile, the eventual winner of the Euro 2020 tournament, Italy, moved up two places with 102.61 points gained into the top 5, just behind runners-up England which remained in number 4.

Argentina (6, +2) reaped the benefits of a triumphant Copa America campaign, while the two Gold Cup finalists broke into the top 10.

Victorious in that tournament and winners of the Concacaf Nations League as well, United States (10, +10) climbed no fewer than 10 places, eight more than Mexico (9, +2), who, despite losing in the final of both competitions, now sit one spot above their continental rivals.

In addition, it is worth noting the impressive progress made by Gold Cup invitees Qatar (42, +16), who reached the semi-finals in the USA, thereby recording the largest climb of the month and equalling their highest-ever position in the ranking, which dates back to the first edition in 1993.

A handful of other teams that did not take part in regional tournaments, such as Sierra Leone (106, +8), Eswatini (146, +8), Puerto Rico (171, +7) and Mongolia (185, +7), still managed to gain ground courtesy of positive friendly results.

The next FIFA Men’s World Ranking will be published on September 16, 2021.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Tobi Amusan’s Performance at Commonwealth Games Excites Nigerians

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan, has made Nigerians proud yet again as she set a new record by winning the 100 meters hurdles gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

The 25-year-old clocked 12.30 seconds to set a new games record on Sunday morning (August 7) at the Alexander Stadium, increasing the number of medals won at the competition.

This is coming two weeks after she became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon, USA.

Amusan, who had obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final where she clocked 12.12 seconds, powered over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds.

Her winning time will not be recognised as a world record, however, due to a strong wind-assisted win of 2.5 meters per second.

Jamaica’s Britany Anderson took silver in 12.23 seconds, while Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico claimed bronze in 12.23 seconds.

Amusan had produced a jaw-dropping world record in the semi-finals, smashing the previous best mark of 12.20 seconds held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.

“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” Amusan said after her final victory. “The goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus. I knew I had it in me but I could not believe it when I saw it on the screen after the semis.

“Before the final, I just tried to stay calm and to do my best. I took a deep breath knowing that I have some goals to accomplish and it worked pretty well. I knew it was very fast but not this fast.”

Many Nigerians have expressed delight over her performance in the contest.

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The Illusion of Control in Sports Betting

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The term “Illusion of Control” was not formulated until 1975, but this effect has been around since olden times. The illusion of control is a person’s belief that he is controlling a situation, although the situation is free floating. This effect occurs when a person benefits in some way from the positive outcome of an event.

This state is well described by the lottery game. In the situation when a person crosses out the numbers himself, he has the feeling that he influences the situation, although the probability that he will win is the same as in the situation when he gets a ticket with a random set of numbers. In turn, the player who tosses a coin thinks he has a better chance of guessing its side than in a situation where another person tosses it.

If you can get the hang of the illusion of control, you can be successful in betting. Betwinner Uganda is your best guide into the world of excitement. You can register in no time, get acquainted with a marvellous interface, and place sports bets. There’s no better feeling in the world than winning, and Betwinner will make your betting experience unforgettable.

As for betting, a simple as it gets experiment can be conducted to prove how the illusion of control works in betting. Imagine a situation where a bookmaker gives odds of 1.94-1.94 on equally likely events. The betting company has already put a three per cent margin on the odds, which should look like 2.00-2.00. Suppose a player has analyzed an event and comes to the conclusion that the first outcome is more likely to pass. If he is offered to give up his bet in favour of the opposite bet with odds of 2.05, the bettor will surely refuse. The absolute majority of players will refuse such a roll, though in case of replacing the bet he will get the top-notch odds.

There are other situations related to the effect of the illusion of control, which is familiar to many bettors. Some players have won a few bets in Live betting while drinking coffee and now cannot do without coffee while betting, while others have noted that success comes to them during lunchtime bets. There are many such situations, but you have to understand that you can’t even indirectly influence the outcome of a sporting event. It depends on entirely other factors.

For you not to become a direct participant in the illusion of control in sports betting, you need to understand the following things:

  • There is essential information to use in your analysis that has a direct impact on the outcome of an event, but there is also secondary information that is of no value to the bettor.
  • There is no single market that will pass with 100% probability. Your task is not to find a sure thing, but to calculate the correct event probability and compare it to the bookmakers’ odds.
  • Any statement is worth questioning. Flipping a coin 10 times and getting heads does not mean that the odds of getting tails next time will be better. This same situation can be transposed to betting.

How much time is it right to spend on betting?

Illusion of Control in sports betting

A lot of newbies are wondering — how much time should be spent on analyzing each bet? It is a mammoth task to get an unambiguous answer to this question, as much depends on how quickly a player can assimilate new information and what useful services he will use. One player will give a correct prediction for the game after 5 hours of analysis, while another will achieve the same result after 2 hours.

It should not be forgotten that bettors also spend a huge part of their time searching for the right event in the line, and only then starts analyzing the game. If you are offered to bet on a strategy that takes 5 minutes to find the necessary market and 15 minutes to analyze it, it is as clear as a day that this strategy will give a negative result down the road.

Even professional bettors who have powerful line analysis tools at their fingertips can make only 2-3 spot bets a day. Competent analysis of each game will take at least 2-3 hours. After 6-8 hours spent analyzing, you will no longer be able to make a sober assessment of the subsequent market. After fruitful work the brain needs rest, otherwise, the performance of the analysis will fall sharply with each new working hour.

At first glance, the game of betting seems to be something interesting and exciting. It is, as long as the bettor bets for the sake of excitement, but usually such a game is not profitable. As soon as the bettor “kills” the gambler in himself and starts to make cold-blooded bets, finding and analyzing markets becomes a chore.

If you plan to win consistently on betting, plan to spend at least 3-5 hours a day for analysis and betwinner downlead. Betting does not have to be done daily, but you need to improve and develop in this direction constantly. So the necessary market for a bet can be found even if you look through the news feed of a sports website, and then it’s up to analytics.

Conclusion

You should understand that in any sport, you can only calculate the probabilities of the outcome, but the game will end randomly. Your personal choice somewhat does not increase the chances of winning a bet if it is made without an in-depth analysis of the market.

FAQ

Is the “illusion of control” a real-life aspect to rely on?

The “illusion of control” has been around since the beginning of time. It’s well-known to a lot of bettors around the world. The situation is familiar when a bettor thinks that he has a grasp of the case and everything solely depends on his decision and fate has nothing to do with it.

Is it difficult to deal with it?

It’s quite a problem to deal with, and more often than not, gamblers should kick the habit. False illusions can make people broke.

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Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer – How Much Do Nigerian Footballers Earn

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The phrase “Naija no dey carry last” has been evident in football recently as there has been an influx of Nigerian footballers playing abroad. Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria with millions of fans supporting their clubs abroad. Nigeria has always been a home of incredible football talents and with more amazing young footballers showing in recent years, the weekly wages of Nigerian footballers has been on a rise.

The huge wages being paid to Nigerian footballers isn’t a surprise as the impact of the players is evident in those teams. Aside from the high wages they earn, Naija footballers are being traded for a huge amount of money. In the summer of 2020, Victor Oshimen became the most expensive African footballer of all time as he joined Napoli from Lille for about $80 million-plus add-on. Hardly any top European league without a Nigerian footballer performing at a high level and earning huge wages. A good sign for the Super Eagles as the national squad is now full of top talents.

We have decided to go on an adventure to reveal the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria, who are also featured in the best football predictions bettors will find on Takebet Nigeria. We have searched all leagues where Nigerian players compete, from European leagues such as English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga to other top leagues.

Let’s dig into the list of the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria.

Odion Ighalo – Striker, Al-Hilal – $170,000 (last know)

Odion Ighalo is one of the most popular Nigerian players. The striker became the first Nigerian international to play for Manchester United after he joined the club on loan from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020. Odion Ighalo scored five goals in 23 appearances before returning to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of his loan.

The Nigerian international joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab from the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in 2021. Ighalo scored 10 league goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua. Odion made his debut in 2005 and moved to Europe in 2008 where he joined Udinese. The Nigerian international joined Watford during the 2014-15 and scored 36 league goals in 90 appearances for the club.

Odion Ighalo represented the Super Eagles during the 2018 World Cup. The Nigerian international holds the record for the most goals scored during a single Africa Cup of Nations with seven goals in 2019.

Ighalo earned $170,000 per week in Al Shabab. Odion Ighalo joins Al-Hilal, another Saudi football club, after the AFCON 2021. His salary in the new club is currently unknown, but the striker is sure to keep his #1 spot.

Victor Osimhen – Striker, Napoli – $110,000

Victor Osimhen is currently one of the best strikers in Europe. The Nigerian international has been amazing for Napoli this season after a slow start to life in the Italian Club. Victor Osimhen became the most expensive Africa striker in history after he joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80 million in the winter transfer of 2020.

The Napoli striker has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for the Italian side. Osimhen had an incredible rise to glory as he wasn’t able to join either Zulte Waregem or Club Brugge in his early days due to Malaria. Victor was in Nigeria’s under-17 team that won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Boot in the tournament with 10 goals. He also won the Silver Ball award during the tournament.

Osimhen missed out on the 2018 World Cup squad. He made his debut for the national team in 2017. The Nigerian international made the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and has been brilliant since then. He has scored 10 goals in 18 appearances for the national team.

Victor currently plays in Napoli and he earns $110,000 per week.

Wilfred Ndidi – Midfielder, Leicester City – $100,000

Wilfred Ndidi is currently one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The Nigerian international has been incredible since he joined Leicester City from Genk in the winter transfer of 2017 for $20m. Ndidi has scored 10 goals in 196 appearances since he joined the club.

The Nigerian international won the most tackles in the Premier League (138) during the 2017-18 season. He also won the most tackles in the league in the following season of 2018-19. Wilfred Ndidi was an important player of the squad that won the 2020-21 FA Cup as they defeated Chelsea by a goal to nil.

Ndidi represented Nigeria during the 2016 Summer Olympics. He made the squad for the 2018 World Cup as they were knocked out in the group stage. Ndidi also represented the Super Eagles in the 2019 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 47 caps for the Nigerian national team.

Wilfred Ndidi currently plays for Leicester City and earns $100,000 per week.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker, Leicester City – $80,000

Seniorman Kelz as he is widely regarded came into the limelight after an impressive outing during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Ball award as the Super Eagles won the tournament. Iheanacho scored six goals during the competition as he won the Silver Boot.

Kelechi Iheanacho joined Manchester City in 2015. Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Manchester City as he won the English Football League Cup. The Nigerian international joined Leicester City for a fee of about $30 million in the summer of 2017. Iheanacho was brilliant during the 2020-21 season as he scored 12 goals in the Premier League, overperforming his expected goals of 8.20.

Iheanacho represented Nigeria during the 2018 World Cup. The Leicester City striker also represented the Super Eagles during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Iheanacho has scored 12 goals in 42 appearances for the national team.

Kelechi Iheanacho currently plays for Leicester City and earns $80,000.

Alex Iwobi – Midfielder, Everton – $68,000

Alex Iwobi started his club career with Arsenal as he joined the youth team in 2004. The Nigerian international made his senior debut in 2015 for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Iwobi scored 15 goals in 149 appearances for Arsenal as he spent four seasons with the senior team. The Nigerian international joined Everton from Arsenal for a fee of about $45 million in the summer of 2019. Iwobi won the FA Cup and two Community Shields with the Gunners. The Nigerian international has scored six goals in 80 appearances for Everton.

Alex made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015 although he started as a youth international for England. The Everton player has scored nine goals in 53 appearances for the Super Eagles. Iwobi scored the winning goal against Zambia to secure a spot for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup. He was featured in the 2018 World Cup as Nigeria was knocked out in the group stage.

Iwobi played for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international was sent off in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as the Super Eagles suffered a 0-1 defeat to Tunisia.

Alex Iwobi currently plays for Everton and earns $68,000.

Victor Moses – Midfielder, Spartak Moscow – $56,000

Victor Moses was a popular player amongst Nigerian fans after he played a huge role in Chelsea’s Premier League triumph during the 2016-17 season. The Nigerian international started his club career in Crystal Palace before joining Wigan in 2010. Chelsea signed Moses in the summer of 2022 from Wigan. Moses went on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United before returning for the 2016-17 season.

The Nigerian international was converted to a right wing-back under Antonio Conte as Chelsea won the league. Moses was later loaned out to different teams such as Fenerbache, Inter Millan and Spartak Moscow. The latter club signed the player on a permanent basis in July 2021. Victor Moses scored 18 goals in 128 appearances while playing for Chelsea. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and two UEFA Europa League titles with the Blues.

Victor Moses scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for the Nigeria national team. The Spartak Moscow player was an important player in Nigeria’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph. Moses featured for the Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup and the 2018 World Cup where he scored a goal in the 1-2 defeat to Argentina.

Victor Moses currently plays for Spartak Moscow and earns $56,000.

Moses Simon – Winger, Nantes – $40,000

Moses Simon was Nigeria’s best player during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international started his senior club career with AS Trencin in 2014 where he scored 17 goals in 39 appearances before joining Gent in 2015. Moses scored 21 goals in 136 appearances with Gent as he spent four seasons at the club before joining Levante. The Nigerian international won the Belgian Pro League and Belgian Super Cup while in Gent.

Moses joined Levante on loan for the 2019-20 season with an option to buy. The deal was made permanent the following season as he signed a four-year deal. Moses has scored 17 goals in 85 appearances for Nantes.

Simon made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2015 against Uganda. He has scored six goals in 45 appearances for the national team. Simon represented Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Highest paid Nigerian footballer FAQ

Who is the highest-paid footballer in Nigeria?

Odion Ighalo is the highest-paid Nigerian footballer. Ighalo joined Al Shabab from Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020 where he was being paid $402,000. The Nigerian international was the first player to play for Manchester United after he took a pay cut and received $200,000 to join the club on loan.

The Nigerian international was paid $170,000 in Al Shabab, and he is thought to stay in the same salary range in his new Saudi club, Al-Hilal, which he joins after the AFCON 2021.

Who is the richest Nigerian football player overall?

John Obi Mikel is the richest Nigerian footballer with a net worth of about $57 million. The Nigerian international is one of the greatest footballers in the country’s history. Mike Obi made his fortunes while playing for Chelsea in the Premier League. He spent 11 seasons at Chelsea where he scored six goals in 372 appearances for the club. Mikel won two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, three FA Cup, one English Football League Cup and one FA Community Shield during his time at Chelsea.

Mikel Obi is currently a free agent after his contract with Kuwait SC was terminated just four months after joining the club.

Who is the most expensive footballer from Nigeria?

Victor Osimhen is the most expensive Nigerian footballer. Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80m in 2020 after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances for the French club. The Nigerian international has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for Napoli. Osimhen is being paid $110,000 per week in Napoli.

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