Nigeria as a nation is full of great talents, and one of the gifts we don’t lag is the football talent. Each Nigerian footballer longs for making it to Europe and becoming showbiz royalty there.
The levels of pay between locally based footballers and Europe based is simply astonishing. This is the reason Nigeria is home to a some of the wealthiest football players in Africa.
Each young Nigerian footballer is enthusiastic about exploring the shores of rich continent, (for example, Europe, America, and Asia) where footballers are paid hugely and whenre African football is the topic of any warmed discourse, no one would underestimate the significant contributions of notable Nigerian footballers as we are going to list out based on their Net Worth.
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The numbering commences from bottom and progresses to top as follows:
15. Odion Ighalo – $2.5 Million
Odion Jude Ighalo (born 16 June 1989) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai and the Nigerian national group.
Subsequent to beginning his career at Prime and Julius Berger, he moved to Norway’s Lyn in 2007. After a year he was picked by Udinese, spending the vast majority of his residency advanced out, strikingly at Granada, before signing for Watford in 2014.
He made his Tippeligaen debut on 16 September 2007 at the time of only 18, scoring in a 2– 0 home win against Viking.
He scored six goals in 13 matches in his second year to push his group to the 7th position, and along these lines emerged enthusiasm from different clubs in the nation, with Brann reporting Lyn to the Football Association of Norway for injustice in the negotiation process.
Odion Ighalo joined the list of Nigerian players who run home with a fat check. Since joining Watford FC in 2014, he has seen an upward surge in his compensation. He presently acquires $2.5 Million every year.
14. Alex Iwobi – $3.5 Million
Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school, and was first involved with a first-team match as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25 September 2013. He marked another long term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.
In August 2017 Iwobi pulled out of Nigeria’s squad for that month’s World Cup qualifiers because of injury. On 7 October 2017, Iwobi scored for Nigeria in a 1– 0 win upon Zambia to secure the Super Eagles a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The teenage celebrity and super Eagles player, Alex Iwobi runs home with $38,000 week after week in compensation which is $3.5 Million every year. We see his compensation encountering an upward surge in the coming seasons.
13. Anthony Ujah – $10.3 Million
Anthony Ujah (born 14 October 1990) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga side Mainz 05and the Nigeria national group.
Toward the finish of May 2011, Ujah was called up to the U23 Nigerian National Team that confronted Tanzania on 5 June 2011.
Having been appraised as the Number Six (11) in the positioning, Anthony Ujah’s total assets is $10.3 Million.
12. Peter Odemwingie – $5.5 million
Opening our list is Peter Osaze Odemwingie. You won’t not know this, but rather he really originates from a blended family. On July 15, 1981, Odemwingie was born to Russian Tatar mother and Nigerian father in Tashkent.
From 2002 until 2014, he played for the Nigerian National group, where he was applauded for his expertise and persistence.
Amid his very memorable senior career, Peter played for ten unique groups, most prominent of which were Lokomotiv Moscow, West Brom and Cardiff City. Nowadays, it doesn’t appear as though he is playing for any team.
Rather, Odemwingie appreciates playing golf, as is apparent from his Twitter (@OdemwingieP). Concerning his total assets, it is said to be $5.5 million. He can likely purchase his own golf course with this cash!
11. Taye Taiwo – Net Worth: $6.6 million
Next, we have is Taye Ismaila Taiwo. He was born in Lagos on April 16, 1985, and his expert football career began in 2003. Throughout the years, Taiwo has played for various teams, including Milan and Dynamo Kyiv. As of now, he is playing for a Finnish group Rovaniemen Palloseura.
Taye is thought to be one of the wealthiest Nigerian footballers with his total assets of $6.6 million. In any case, his fortune does not approach that of the wealthiest footballer in Nigeria.
10. Vincent Enyeama – Net Worth: $7 Million
Vincent Enyeama, the previous goalie of the Nigeria national team born on August 29, 1982 in Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest footballers who began playing football in 1999.
Up until 2015, Enyeama had played for different universal groups, including Lille and a few groups from Tel Aviv. At that point, he chose to resign, yet not for long, as in 2017, the player has come back to professional football.
Nowadays, Vincent is playing for Lille, despite the fact that he has not been playing much recently because of his contention with the club owners.
Definitely, Vincent Enyeama has made his stamp in the Ligue 1 [French league] as the number 1 goalie of Lille. Every year, the Nigerian star gains the aggregate of £1.8 million and his present total assets is assessed at $7 million.
9. Victor Anichebe – Net Worth: $14.5 Million
Seventh place among the wealthiest Nigerian footballers is taken by Victor Chinedu Anichebe. He was conceived in Lagos on April 23, 1988, and his vocation in professional football started in 2003. As of not long ago, Anichebe has been playing for Beijing Enterprises, yet starting at the present moment, he is as of now without a club.
You may have also heard this current player’s name on account of his fairly open association with DJ Cuppy, whose genuine name is Ifeoluwa Otedola (little girl of very rich person Femi Odetola).
Their separation was similarly as boisterous as the relationship itself. Nonetheless, it has not influenced Victor’s money financial standing, as he is accounted for to be worth $11 million.
8. Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Net Worth: $14.5 million
Coming in at number six is a resigned professional footballer Yakubu Aiyegbeni. Yakubu Aiyegbeni is an expert footballer conceived in the capital of Edo State, Nigeria. Amid his spell in the Nigeria national group, he filled in as a forward and packed away a critical number of goals.
Primarily, his football fortune is accepted to have originated from his career crosswise over Europe. In such manner, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has played as a striker for various English football clubs. In 2017, Yakubu Aiyegbeni turned into a free operator because of the disappointment of his club side to allow him another agreement offer.
Regardless of the slight downturn this has brought upon his football profession, Yakubu Aiyegbeni stays one of the wealthiest Nigerian footballers.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni is said to be out of agreement offer from his last football club and with respect to his age (34 years), he won’t have the chance to be purchased by another club.
In any case, the expert footballer has taken the upside of his long football spell in Europe to accumulate lavish riches which presently gives him the total assets of $14.5 million. Like other Nigerian stars, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has various resources including an oil station and Auchi-based hotels.
7. Emmanuel Emenike – Net Worth: $18 million.
We are part of the way through our list of richest footballers, and right amidst it are two players, one of whom is Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike.
He was born in Otuocha on May 10, 1987, and his career started in 2007 with the adolescent team Delta Force. Nowadays, Emenike is playing on loan for Las Palmas, yet dreadful knee damage has been shielding him from showing up on the field for a long while now.
One reason he acknowledged the loan was on account of he felt hazardous in his home in Greece, where he played for Olympiakos.
Beforehand, the player had also experienced bigotry from football fans while playing for Spartak. Notwithstanding, each one of those obstacles did not prevent him from having a total assets of $18 million.
6. Ahmed Musa – $18 million
We have another footballer imparting the fifth place to Emenike, and it is Ahmed Musa. Much younger than the rest of the players before this, he was conceived on October 12, 1992 in Jos. Since 2008, he has been associated with professional football and made a significant name for himself amid this decade.
In the previous couple of years, Musa has been making the most of his brilliant years in professional football, as his fairly estimated worth alone has been skimming over the €15 million mark.
He has had a significant productive profession with CSKA Moscow, for whom he played from 2012 to 2016 and a season in 2018 on credit from Leicester City. That is the reason it isn’t astounding that his total assets is $18 million, same as Emenike’s.
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5. Victor Moses – Net Worth: $20.1 million
We are creeping nearer to the declaration of the TOP 15 RICHEST FOOTBALLERS IN NIGERIA AND THEIR NET WORTH, however now we should discuss the fifth richest player Victor Moses.
He was born in Lagos on December 12, 1990, which puts him among the most youngest players on this list. Moses began playing professionally in 2001 (at 11 years of age!) for Crystal Palace.
Right now, he is playing for Chelsea and getting a charge out of the pinnacle of his career. What you won’t not know is that when Victor was 11, his folks were murdered.
All things considered, a circumstance as lamentable as that has not prevented him from getting to be one of the richest and best players in Nigeria.
His fairly estimated worth is at its unequaled high at €18 million, and his total assets is accounted for to be $20.1 million. What an approach to recoup from youth injury!
4. Obafemi Martins – Net Worth: $35 million
Coming in second place, we have Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins. He was conceived in Lagos on October 28, 1984. The player has been associated with professional football since 1999, and in this time, he has played for twelve distinct groups, the latest being Shanghai Shenhua.
Tragically, the footballer is presently experiencing muscle fiber, which has kept him from playing for the following couple of months.
Despite the fact that his brilliant days are gone, Obafemi is as yet one of the richest Nigerian footballers. It is said that he is worth $35 million. On account of his gigantic riches, the man genuinely satisfies his name, which truly deciphers as ‘the king loves me’.
3. Mikel Obi – Net Worth: $57 Million
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna variously known as John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian professional footballer. He was born as John Michael Nchekwube Obinna on April 22, 1987 in Jos.
He has been an expert footballer since 2002, and he invested the vast majority of his energy playing for Chelsea. With respect to Obi’s total assets, you may go over drastically different numbers depending on the source. However, as indicated by a reliable source, Mikel Obi’s Net Worth is as of now at $57 million.
He is reported to own real estate in several countries, as well as flashy cars, so it is obvious that he is quite rich.
2. Nwankwo Kanu – Net Worth: $100 million
Nwankwo Kanu, likewise called ‘the player with a golden heart’ is known for his fruitful football profession as well as for his philanthropic endeavors. He is an extremely gifted Nigerian footballer that was just ‘exquisite’ on the football pitch.
Kanu played for famous and dearest teams like Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth. He energized fans with his football ability for 16years until his possible retirement in 2010. He is assessed to be worth $100 million. He is also a minister for UNICEF.
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1. Jay-Jay” Okocha – Net Worth: $150 million
Mr. Augustine Okocha needs not to be presented as he is a prominent figure in the Nigerian football stage. His aptitudes have taken him around the globe and he has excited thousands with his splendid ‘dribbling’ abilities.
Okocha played for top teams of Germany, Qatar, Turkey and England like Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris St-Germain, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. In 2003 and 2004 he was named BBC African Footballer of the Year.
After an effective football career, Okocha directed his concentration toward business and he has been doing as the head of Jay Okocha Group West Africa Limited’. Mr. Okocha is evaluated to be worth over $150 million.
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