According to a research carried out by British journalist, James Mariner, and published in the I newspaper, players from Nigeria have scored more goals in the English Premier League than players from any other non-European country, including Argentina and Brazil.
According to statistics, as of New Year’s Day 2018, players from Nigeria had scored a total of 471 goals in the English top-flight. That is the highest number of goals scored by players from a non-European country.
Nigeria placed tenth on a table of 97 countries whose nationals have scored in the Premier League behind England (10,832 goals) France (1,477), Republic of Ireland (947), Scotland (943), Netherlands (904), Wales (898), Spain (677), Norway (510) and Belgium (477).
Argentina (421) is eleventh on the list and Brazil is thirteenth (366). Two other African countries in the top fifteen countries whose players have scored in the Premier League are Cote D’Ivore (321) and Senegal (314). They place fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.
With 25 countries on the list of 97 countries whose nationals have scored in the Premier League, African countries make up more than a quarter of the list.
Ex-Super Eagles, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who scored a total of 95 Premier League goals makes the list of leading goalscorers from the top ten most prolific countries.