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Brazil tops footballer export rankings

IANS logoIANS 12-05-2017

The top destinations for Brazilian players are Portugal, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Spain and Mexico, reports Xinhua news agency.

In total, there are 12,000 professional footballers playing in countries other than their own. Some 10 per cent of those are Brazilians.

Second on the list for players in foreign countries is France with 781, followed by Argentina (753), Serbia (460) and England (451).

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the confederation boasting the largest number of expatriates in its ranks, with 8,808, around 24 per cent of the global total.

While South American confederation Conmebol is a net exporter of footballers, it ranks lowest for imports, with just 695 foreigners in the region's 13 leagues.

Top 10 football exporters --

1 Brazil 1,202

2 France 781

3 Argentina 753

4 Serbia 460

5 England 451

6 Spain 362

7 Germany 335

8 Croatia 323

9 Nigeria 292

10 Uruguay 288

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