Nigeria boasts a few millionaire football players and they all do not hesitate to show off their assets in the millions of dollars. Let’s explore the top 19 wealthiest Nigerian footballers.
Football is no longer a sport for people with no hopes for the future. Many advertisers, entrepreneurs, and game lovers nowadays pour millions of dollars into it for profit or just for their personal enjoyment. This has elevated footballers’ status from the uneducated to some of the most celebrated human beings on earth. Today, the game is one of several billionaires chasing after a goal. This list is not necessarily in a particular order. This is due to other possible source of incomes like endorsements etc.
- John Obi Mikel – By Networth: Over $45 Million
Former national team skipper from Nigeria, Mikel Obi was once the young prospect many in Africa felt would transform the continent ‘s face of football, he did. Mikel Obi has shown incredible talent from the days of his early career, demonstrated by his award win at the FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball, where he was beaten by Lionel Messi to the Golden Ball Title.
He is one of the few Africans who has won the UEFA Champions League titles, the Europa Trophy, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Community Shield. Obi led his side to win the 2013 African Tournament of Nations (AFCON) Cup in 2013. John Mikel Obi’s net worth as of 2020 is $45 million , making him Nigeria ‘s richest footballer. He left Trabzonspor during the Corona Virus outbreak and currently a free man in the market. West Brom is interested in the star currently. John Obi Mikel is currently the richest active Nigerian football star.
2. Odion Ighalo – £125,000/week
The star player from Nigeria is no stranger for the EPL. Odion Ighalo was once an EPL phenomenon when he was on a scoring streak for Watford where he helped his club beat famous opponents including Liverpool. He moved to the Chinese Super League after a downturn in form, where he played for Changchun Yatai and now Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, before being selected to help boost Manchester United’s goal-scoring lines.
He has been prolific, and very influential to the English club since he came on loan to Manchester United. As of 2020, he earns $125,000 per week , making him on of the richest footballers in Nigeria. In just 6 months, he earned within N1.4 Billion.
3. Victor Osimhen – £96,000/week
The 21-year-old Nigerian football hero, Victor Osimhen, moved to the side of Italian Serie-A, Napoli, just last month. This is one of the most expensive transfers in European football for African footballers.
Football News Trade Analyst Fabrizio Romano reported that Osimhen will join Lille’s Napoli for €50 million+ add-ons and sign a deal with Naples. This will keep him in Italy until 2025.
It is also estimated that Osimhen would earn € 5 million a year (an average of £96 K a week) in salaries, publicity rights and incentives that will make him the second highest-earning Nigerian footballer in Europe. That’s a decent amount for him in the 2019/20 season after scoring 13 goals in 27 league games for Lille.
4. Obafemi Martins – By networth – Over $30 million:
Another player on the list of Nigeria ‘s richest footballers is Obafemi Martins whose weekly earning was at $95,000.
His career at various football clubs has made this rich Nigerian the footballer with the highest number of clubs played for.
Obafemi Martins is known for his excellent speed, versatility, agility and striking strength. So, he is one of Nigeria’s top ten wealthiest footballers.
5. Kelechi Iheanacho – £60,000/Week
The winner of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with Nigeria comes in 4th place. He also won the FIFA Under-17 Golden Ball World Cup which attracted Manchester City ‘s attention. He is one of the promising football players in Nigeria. He played for Man City 2015-16 season. He pockets $60,000 per week playing in Leicester City.
From a very humble start, Iheanacho ‘s story is an inspiration to every teenager who wants to pursue a career as a footballer.
6. Wilfred Ndidi – £75,000/Week
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder joined the EPL side for a £ 17 million contract from Belgian team Genk and has become one of European Football’s most solid and well-known defensive midfielders. He has represented the Super Eagles 36 times and may one day top the list as he draws attention from the bigger European clubs.
7. Victor Moses – £75,000/Week
The 29-year-old is reportedly on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea sharing a spot with Wilfred Ndidi. He joined Chelsea in 2012, after Wigan Atheltic had signed him. He is one of the few footballers in Nigeria to win both the Premier League and a European title.
8. Alex Iwobi – £50,000/week
Alex Iwobi, 24, is another wonder kid. He is a cousin to Jay Jay Okocha, one of the greatest Nigerian players of all time. Iwobi began his career with Arsenal and made his league debut in the 2015/16 season. He has appeared for Arsenal a total of 100 league games and helped secure the 2017 FA Cup trophy for the North London side.
He was sold to Everton in a five-year deal worth up to £ 34 million in 2019 and signed a £50 K deal a week with the Northern English club.
9. Ahmed Musa – €60,000/Week
After impressing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Saudi Arabia went all out to get Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa.
Musa had not been a success in the Premier League and Leicester City were more than happy to get more than the club record £16.6 million that they had signed the Nigerian for. That was how highly Al Nassr rated the Nigerian forward.
The club also gave the Nigerian a deal that would earn him £60, 000 on a weekly basis.
10. Moses Simon – €37,500/Week
Nigerian forward Moses Simon joined Nantes on loan from Spanish side Levante in the summer of 2019. He stayed on his €37,500 a week at Levante to become Nantes’ highest-paid player.
Simon has been awarded a permanent contract based on that same salary after impressing while on loan and finishing the 2019/2020 season as the club’s Player of the Year.
11. Ola Aina – €35,500/Week
Going from the ranks of a club like Chelsea and getting on the fringes of the first kind of squad increases the reputation and can improve the future. This is what happened to Ola Aina who, when he joined Torino from Chelsea, got a €35,500 per week deal.
12. Isaac Success – £30,000/Week
Isaac Success joined Watford in the summer of 2016 after coming through at Spanish side Granada. He was put on £30,000 per week. He hasn’t delivered at all at Watford but playing in the Premier League means his wage is not an issue for the club. That said, he is expected to leave Watford after this season.
13. Henry Onyekuru- €32,500/week
Monaco have one of the highest wage bills in Ligue 1 and Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru enjoys the benefit Monaco has one of Ligue 1 ‘s highest wage bills, and Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru is enjoying that benefit. In summer 2019 Onyekuru joined Monaco. Since leaving Galatasary on loan, the Nigerian still stands at his wage of €32,500 a week.
14. Kenneth Omeruo- €20,000/Week
Since 2018 Kenneth Omeruo plays at Leganes. The first season was on trial at the La Liga club until it was permanent. He is in the Spanish club on €20,000 per week’s salary.
15. Leon Balogun-£18,269/week
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun joined Premier League side, Brighton, in the summer of 2018 but struggled to make any impact. He joined Wigan to play out the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. His £18,269 weekly salary is expected to be cut as he has left Brighton permanently after the expiration of his two-year contract. His next salary will be dependent on where he plays next.
16. Emmanuel Emenike – Over £30,000/week
Anyone watching the Super Eagles soar high in the African Nations Cup in 2013 will never forget Emmanuel Emenike. The star striker has been crucial to the team ‘s victories. He has played and won money along the way for a number of clubs. He is currently looking for a move to the English Premier League after his deal with Weserlo was terminated in 2019.
17. Anthony Nwakaeme/Trabzonspor- €16, 666
Anthony Nwakaeame, who recently received a new contract from Trabzonspor that stopped him from leaving for a club in China, is next on the list. In summer 2018 Nwakeame joined Trabzonspor and succeeded at the club.
18. Ogenyi Onazi – $16,000/week
In 1998 Onazi began playing football in Jos parks. His skills and abilities in football attracted much attention to him and gave him the opportunity to play at some of the city’s academies.
His footballing skills gained popularity when he moved to Lagos City to play for My People.
On 15 January 2020 Denizlispor confirmed Onazi’s arrival from Trabzonspor of another Turkish top-tier football league club, on a free transfer. Onazi and Denizlispor had been said to have reached an agreement for a six-month deal with an extension for another year.
19. William Troost-Ekong – Over $14,000/week
William Troost-Ekong, the Super Eagles midfielder, joined Udinese in the summer of 2018 and was among their most reliable players. He recently signed a new deal with Udinese and his pay is set to grow soon.
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