An interesting list of richst footballers in Nigeria presently. Football in Nigeria is not just a game or a source of entertainment; it is a business. A successful footballer can end up being richer than a senator- and senators are the highest earners in the land. Granted, fortune does not always smile on everyone who pulls on a jersey to play for a club in Europe, but there are a few (or a lot) of players who have attained success by any standard.
Who are those players on whom fortune has smiled? Who are those players who have conquered the arduous task of becoming a big earner in the game, and whose net worth can command respect from even the highest and mightiest in the land?
That is the purpose of this article. Join us now as we spotlight the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria.
Top 10 Richest Footballers In Nigeria 2020
1. John Mikel Obi
When he was running around playing football in the streets of Jos as a boy, John Mikel Obi could never have imagined that he would one day be the richest footballer in Nigeria. After about 15 years in the business this is the truth of the matter. While as a semi professional for plateau united, John Mikel Obi was scouted by the management duo of Dosu Joseph and Ola Shittu who took him to Lyn Oslo in Norway. From there he was selected to represent Nigeria at the world youth soccer completion Fifa Under 17 held in the Netherlands. Mikel excelled in that tournament and was named the second best player after Lionel Messi.
A messy transfer battle ensued between Chelsea and Manchester united after that, and after some lengthy negotiation he finally moved to Chelsea. Mikel’s time at Chelsea proved to be the most important in his career he won 2 league titles, a champions league, 4 FA cups, 2 league cups, 1 Europa cup, and even won the AFCON with Nigeria. In his 10 years or so with Chelsea football club of England he earned for himself massive wealth and incredible fame as one of the most notable Nigerian footballers across the world.
After his time in Chelsea, he went to Chinese club Tianjin Teda where he earned £8.4 million as annual earnings. From there he proceeded to Middlesborough in England, and now Trabzonspor in Turkey where he earns earn €1.5 a year.
Mikel John Obi, the current richest footballer in Nigeria, likes the quiet life, but is it known that he owns a transport company in Nigeria which is run by his father.
2. Odion Ighalo
Net Worth: $40 Million
Next on our list of richest football players in Nigeria is Odion Jude Ighalo of Manchester United. His story is quite an interesting one. Odion Ighalo who was born in Lagos but grew up in Benin City, Nigeria had dreams of playing for Manchester United of England. He started his playing career at Prime FC and Julius Berger football club, where he was scouted by the management duo of Marcelo Houseman and Atta Aneke who took him to Lyn Oslo in Norway.
From Lyn, he progressed to Udinese and then shortly after he played for Watford in England. At the height of the noise, when he was sure to make a name for himself, he surprisingly moved to China to play for Chinese Club Shanghai Shenhua where he was rewarded with 190,000 a week. Over the years Odion Ighalo has proven himself to be a dependable goal provider; he has scored over 131 senior goals in his career, including 13 in the Spanish La Liga, 46 in the Chinese super league, 17 in the English premier league, and about 16 with the Nigerian national team. He won bronze with Nigeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations which was held in Egypt, and he also went home with the golden shoe award after scoring 6 goals. With such a reputation it is no wonder that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer of Manchester United called him, and he answered.
After more than 5 clubs in 10 years, Ighalo’s dream of playing for Manchester United has come true, with a £165,000 pounds a week wage packet attached to it. Odion Ighalo does not enjoy his wealth alone: he is involved in charity work through the Odion Jude Ighalo Foundation which caters to the needs of abandoned children.
3. Obafemi Martins
Obafemi Martins, the Nigerian striker with a thunderous shot from his left foot, is one of Nigeria’s greatest football exports. He was discovered at the early age of 16 by Churchill Oliseh, and taken to Europe. Obafemi Martins put in dominating performances with Inter Milan where he won the Italian Serie A scudetto, as well as 2 Coppa Italia cups. When he moved to Newcastle United he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup with them, and when he played for Birmingham he won the Football League Cup with them.
Obafemi has recorded the third most powerful shot in the history of English football. He has played in Spain with Levante, in America with Seattle Sounders, and now in China with Shanghai Shenhua, where he is reported to be earning the whopping sum of £8.4 million on a yearly basis.
There is no doubt that Obafemi Martins is one of Nigeria’s most accomplished footballers of all time, perhaps even more accomplished than Austin Jay Jay Okocha. Obafemi Martins has a net-worth in the area of $35 million, and most of his assets are in Italy, although he does also have some prime real estate in Lagos, Nigeria.
4. Victor Moses
Victor Moses is a quick running and technically gifted footballer who plays as a full back for Italian Giants Inter Milan who is looking to right their ship and take back their destiny. Victor Moses, the fourth richest footballer in Nigeria, has featured as a winger for Crystal Palace, Wolves, Liverpool and Chelsea FC of England, but it was his performances with Chelsea in which he won the Premier League with them that has been his crowning achievement.
Despite winning the English Premier League in 2017, manager Conte was sacked the following year, and Maurizio Sarri decided that Moses did not fit into his ideology and so Moses was loaned to Fernabarche in Turkey. With Manager Antonio Conte taking the reins at Inter Milan he has brought in the dependable right full back who served him well at Chelsea. Victor Moses’ net worth is estimated at $20.1 million, and he has many endorsement deals with major brands.
5. Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi, nephew of the famous Austin Jay Jay Okocha comes in next on our list with a net-worth estimated to be in the region of 18 million Pounds. He recently made a switch from Arsenal FC to Everton Football Club for 35million pounds. At just 24 years of age, he is regarded as one of Nigeria’s brightest stars for the future.
Alex Iwobi is an attacking midfielder with strength, dribbling ability, confident control, and the ability to find that killer pass that can win games. His current wage of 70,000 a week with Everton is good but with his talent, Alex Iwobi has the potential to earn much more than that. All that is necessary is for Alex Iwobi to prove himself. This looks much more achievable now that he is free from the shadow of German superstar Mesut Ozil who kept him out of the first team at Arsenal. He has an African cup of nation bronze medal which he won with Nigeria in 2019 as his only medal so far, but Alex Iwobi still has time on his side.
6. Kelechi Iheanacho
Next on this list of the richest Nigerian players is Kelechi promise Iheanacho who currently plays for the English premier league club Leicester city football club alternatively as a striker or second striker. 24-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho has seen his fair share of agony; since his arrival at Leicester City up until recently, he has looked lackluster and was frozen out of the team. Thankfully, however, that seems to have turned around in 2020, as Kelechi Iheanacho once again looks like the goal machine he was destined to be. He earns 75 thousand pounds a week at Leicester and is estimated to be worth about 11 million pounds. His honours include: 2015 FIFA U-20 world cup which he won, FA Cup with Manchester City, African Cup of Nations bronze medal 2019 with Nigeria.
7. Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa, the Nigerian speed demon comes in next on our list with a net worth estimated to be in the region of $18 million dollars, making him the seventh richest footballer in Nigeria. He currently plays for Al Nassar in the Saudi Arabian league, but before then has featured for CSKA Moscow in the Russian League in two separate spells.
The Nigerian forward also spent some time with English club Leicester City Football Club where he endured a frustrating year in which he was just not given the opportunity to show the stuff he is made of. He is Nigeria’s top scorer in the world cup with 4 goals, 2 of which he scored against Argentina. He is a very highly decorated player: he has won the Russian Premier League 3 times: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, he has won the Russian Cup: 2012–13, and the Russian Super Cup 2 times: 2013, 2014.
Most recently, Ahmed Musa won the Saudi Professional League: 2018–19. As well as the Saudi Super Cup: 2019 season. On the personal note he was Nigeria Premier League Top Scorer: 2009–10, and Russian Cup Top Scorer: 2012–13.
8. Wilfred Ndidi
Leicester City football club’s defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is next on our list with a net worth estimated to be around 5-8 million dollars. He is argued to be the best defensive midfielder in the English premier league at the moment, with his ball-winning ability that makes it look so easy. Wilfred Ndidi is very highly sought after; there are rumors everyday of big clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona, and Manchester United all keen on bringing him to their clubs. Wilfred Ndidi started with the Nath Boys academy in Nigeria from where he was discovered and marketed to Belgian outfit Genk from which he went to Leicester as a replacement for the great Kante who is now with Chelsea.
9. Ogenyi Onazi
Ogenyi Onazi was once touted to be the midfield maestro to replace the legendary Austin Jay Jay Okocha. Even though he once played for Lazio in Italy he never fully reached his potential. He is 24 years old and currently plays for the Turkish side Trabzonspor, along with 2 other of his fellow countrymen. He was a key player for Nigeria in the 2013 African Cup of Nations, and has a gold medal to show for his efforts, and he also did well in the following world cup, until Blaise Matuidi gave him the injury that put him on the sidelines and sunk Nigeria. Ogenyi Onazi currently earns 16,000 pounds at Trabzonspor. His net worth is estimated at 6-8 million dollars.
10. Kenneth Omeruo
Kenneth Omeruo spent about 11 years as a Chelsea player without ever kicking a ball for them. Immediately he was signed on he was sent on loan to ADO Den Haag. After that he was sent on loan to Middlesbrough, and then on loan to Kasımpaşa in turkey, and then to Alanyaspor also in Turkey, before landing on loan to Leganés in Spain. That loyalty to Chelsea has cost him a lot of money because he did not get any sign on fees for his moves. Finally he had some sense when the loan spell with Leganes ended, and he now signed for the club on a permanent basis. Kenneth Omeruo only has honors with the Nigerian national team; Africa Cup of Nations: 2013 (winner), African Cup of Nations 2019 (Bronze) He is estimated to have 3 million dollars.
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Conclusion On Richest Nigerian Footballers:
Many are called but few are chosen. The players highlighted above are not necessarily the best that have come out of Nigeria or the best at the moment, but providence plays a part in all things. Whether you are working towards a career in football or not, it is a good idea to do your best and to pray for blessings.
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