Football Manager is one of the most popular game franchises in the world. Developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega, the game has a cult following around the world since it first appeared back in 1992 as Championship Manager.
The game has even been recognized by real-life football clubs as a source for scouting players. In 2008, Everton FC signed a deal with Sports Interactive allowing them to use the game’s database to scout players and opposition.
With playable teams from 53 countries across five continents, it appeals to serious gamers who love digging deep into data as well as hobby gamers.
While coverage is slanted towards Europe, South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) does feature.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be drilling down into some of the stats that stand out, starting with the highest-valued South African players.
Market values for players can be somewhat subjective. There is often also a rather large discrepancy between Football Manager’s market value and how sites like Transfermarkt value players. For the sake of brevity and to ensure these articles remain uncomplicated, we’ll be using fmdataba.com’s player values.
Football Manager 2020: Highest valued South Africans
Unsurprisingly, the top valued South African players on Football Manager all play overseas. The graphic below shows the overall averages for the various abilities – their market values and brief profiles follow below.
Club: Club Brugge
FM 2020 market value: €17.6m
Club: Zhejiang Greentown
FM 2020 market value: €9.2m
FM 2020 market value: €4.9m
Club: Amiens SC
FM 2020 market value: €4.6m
FM 2020 market value: €3.9m
Data for these stats are taken from the game’s official database as well as fan managed databases that sync with the game. While we endeavour to ensure that the metrics are as current as possible, some discrepancies might occur.