Top 10 Richest Footballers in Nigeria

Football is undeniably one of the most lucrative professions on the planet, with players earning enormous sums of money. Nigeria is the largest exporter of footballers on the  African continent, and the West African country has produced some of the best players in the continent’s history.   Most of these footballers have solidified their reputation in their individual teams and in some of the world’s most prestigious football events, and as a result, they earn huge wages and bonuses for their outstanding achievements in the various    This raises the question of who Nigeria’s wealthiest footballers are.

However, in order to explore Nigeria’s fascinating list of wealthiest football superstars, the total worth of each player will be a significant element that will be used to select the top wealthiest players. And below is a compiled list of the 10 richest Nigerian players.

10. Alex Iwobi – ₦1.3 billion

Iwobi is regarded as the 10th richest footballer in Nigeria with a valued net worth of one billion, three hundred million naira. Alexander Chuka Iwobi is a Nigerian professional footballer who was born on 3rd May 1996; plays as a winger for premiere League club ‘Everton’ and the Nigeria national team. In 2004, Iwobi joined Arsenal while still in primary school. He began his career story at Arsenal where he made 149 appearances and scored 15 goals. He later transferred to Everton and earned an initial fee of  £28 million. This Nigeria star player has some achievements under his belt which has enlarged his financial coast, earning him a spot on this list of Nigeria’s richest footballers.

9. Kelechi Iheanacho – ₦2 billion

Kelechi Iheanacho is a Nigerian star who hails from Obogwe in Imo, Nigeria; born on the 3rd of October 1996. He is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Leicester city as a forward and earns a favorable salary of 115, 000 pounds. Kelechi is on the ninth line when it comes to Nigerian richest players with an evaluated net worth of two billion naira. As a youth, Iheanacho represented Taya Academy in Owerri and his remarkable performance for Nigeria in the 2013 FIFA U-17 world cup drew the interest of clubs in Europe and this opened a successful chapter in his career life. The Imo star has joined and played for different popular English clubs and chalked up massive wins which boosted his sporting prospect and increased his financial worth monstrously.

8. Victor Anichebe – ₦6 billion

Victor Anichebe’s net worth is estimated to be six billion naira, with which he makes it to the top richest footballers in Nigeria. This international player from Nigeria was born in Lagos on the 23rd of April 1998 and played as a striker for Sunderland, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion. At 15, Anichebe started his career life as a promising young star in Everton where he pulled strings of wonderful performances. Anichebe’s football career is riddled with a succession of injuries, this terrible situation ended lowered his career life, as well as kept him below his potential. His net worth would have received a huge boost if not for the frequent injuries. Nevertheless, he attained a great place in the list of the richest players in the country.

7. Emmanuel Emenike – ₦6.4 billion

Emenike is one of the best Nigerian footballers whose name is documented on the list of the richest footballer in Nigeria with his net worth is evaluated to be six billion, four hundred million naira. Emmanuel Emenike was born on 10 May 1987 in Otuocha, Nigeria, and began his early career with a local football club, named Delta Force in his home country. He encountered difficulties as he received little or no stipend as the club complained of no financial support from the Delta State government.   Fortune smiled on him as he earned his first salary after he moved to South Africa and got transferred to the South African National First Division Team (Mpumalanga Black Aces). His talent came to the limelight when he started making progress in matches and is fondly recognized for the successful roles he played in the national and international teams.

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6. Ahmed Musa -₦6.5 billion

At present, Ahmed Musa is one of the richest footballers in Nigeria as his net worth is valued at six billion, five hundred million naira. Musa is a professional Nigerian player who was born in Jos, Nigeria, on 14th October 1992; he plays as a forward and left-winger for Al-Nassr (a Saudi Arabian team), and the Nigerian national team (the super eagles). ‘The Governor’ nicknamed by his teammates and friends due to his love for politics, began his career in GBS Football Academy Jos. He was loaned to JUTH FC in 2008 where he appeared in 18 games before being sent to Kano pillars FC on another loan. The player has bagged numerous awards which include the record of the highest goalscorer in Nigerian Premier League history, he also got included in the list of the 140 best players in the world by IFFHS. Considering his talents and multiple achievements, Goal.com documented his name on the top 100 young footballers that should be looked out for in 2011. Musa procured massive awards and won which helped him get displayed as one of the richest Nigerian players.

5. Victor Moses – ₦7 billion

Victor Moses is next on the list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria who pegged a whopping net worth of seven billion. The Nigerian professional footballer plays as a winger and has also been deployed as a wing-back at times during his career.   Born in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 12th December 1990. Moses began his career race slowly with crystal palace, Wigan Athletic, Stoke City, and West Ham United before sealing a contract with Chelsea FC, where he became fan’s favorite. He played at Inter Milan on a loan from Chelsea and earns an enormous salary of $100,000, weekly. Moses is currently one of the richest and most influential footballers in Nigeria.

4. Vincent Enyeama – ₦10 billion

Enyeama is a great national and international player who has secured fourth place in the record of the richest players in Nigeria with an assessed net worth of ten billion naira. Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper and is popularly regarded as one of the greatest African goalkeepers of all time and his era. Vincent was born in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 29th of August 1982. In 1999, his football career showed up when he played for Ibom stars, transferred to Enyimba FC in 2001 where he played in 100 games and took a major part in making this team win the confederation of African Football League, twice. Enyeama is one of the legendary Nigerian internationals who is known for his agility and flexibility in goals, which helps him keep a series of shots out of the net. He has procured copious awards which primarily increased his net worth and pushed him to be one of the richest Nigerian footballers.

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3. Odion Jude Ighalo – ₦14 billion

Odion Ighalo is the 3rd richest soccer player in Nigeria with a  net worth of fourteen billion naira. Ighalo is a professional Nigerian footballer born on the 16 of June 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. He currently plays as a striker for the internationally known English club, Manchester United, on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese superleague and takes a weekly wage of  £300,000. Odion’s football career breakthrough took up when he started playing at some Nigerian football clubs (prime FC and Julius Berger in 2005 and 2006).   Afterward, he moved to a Norwegian football club called Lyn in 2007; he also moved to other clubs as his career demands. Odion Ighalo in 2018, represented Nigeria at the world cup, where he emerged as the highest goalscorer in the 2019 Africa cup of Nations campaign that led Nigeria to the 3rd position.

2. Obafemi Martins – ₦14 billion

Obafemi Martins known as Obagoal is one of the football legends in Nigeria for the past two decades; born on the 28th of October 1984. He is best remembered as a speedster and played as a forward as at his time in Inter Milan. Obagoal has an estimated bet worth of fourteen billion naira which is a value that made him one if the wealthiest Nigeria footballers. At age 16, he left Nigeria for Italy and has played for 11 different clubs beginning in 1990. Martins as a successful player has chalked up fame into clubs like Inter Milan (where he netted 28 goals in 88 games), New Castle, Wolfsburg, and many more. Martins joined a Chinese club (Shanghai Shenhua) as a striker in the super league and was in the top 20 highest paid footballers who earned a yearly salary of about $6.6 million in Shanghai Greenland Shenhua club. His earnings have a solid back up and obviously, this made him one of the richest footballers in Nigeria.

1. Mikel John Obi – ₦23 billion

Mikel Obi as popularly known is a Nigerian professional footballer who was born in Jos, Nigeria, in 1987 and plays as a defensive midfielder. Mikel Obi is the richest and one of the most influential football players in Nigeria with an assessed net worth of twenty-three billion naira. John’s career life began after he was chosen by the Pepsi football Academy at the age of 12. At the age of 17, he joined a Norwegian club “Lyn” in 2004, in 2006, he transferred as a midfielder to an English club (Chelsea) were his biggest breakthrough story started. Mikel Obi has played for six clubs in his 15 years of professional career and has lots of silverware to show for his great performances with the national and international squad.   Finally, This article will be useful to any football enthusiast because it contains a thorough list of the wealthiest Nigerian footballers. The footballers’ net worth further demonstrates the sport’s and clubs’ financial viability. Clearly, it is explained on how these wealthy footballers built their careers consistently till they reached this awe-inspiring level.

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