Richest Footballers in Nigeria

Richest footballers in Nigeria

Who are the richest footballers in Nigeria?

Nigeria being the giant of Africa is undoubtedly blessed with a handful of mineral resources and blessed with young and talented footballers who play football in various leagues across the world.

Due to the lucrative nature of football and the mouthwatering salary these players are being paid, a lot of youths have strived to perform outstandingly to attract the attention of big clubs.

A lot of Nigerian footballers have performed impressively in their various Leagues over the recent time ranging from 2019, 2020, and 2021 which has made a lot of top clubs curve out staggering amounts of money to have these players in their team and at the same time offer eye-popping weekly wages for these Nigerian players thereby increasing their net worth.

Some of these rich Nigerian footballers have also made it to the list of richest Footballers in Africa and with time, some would definitely put themselves on the map of richest Footballers in the World.

We shall in this article provide you with a comprehensive list of the richest footballers in Nigeria 2021 together with their biography, net worth, their clubs, and their several endorsement deals…..I know you wouldn’t like to miss out on this list of richest footballers in Nigeria.

Let’s go!!!!

Top 10 Richest Footballers in Nigeria

S|N NAME NET WORTH
1 John Obi Mikel $60 million
2 Odion Jude Ighalo $43 million
3 Obafemi Martins $42 million
4 Victor Moses $25 million
5 Ahmed Musa $19 million
6 Emmanuel Emenike $17 million
7 Yakubu Aiyegbeni $14 million
8 Victor Anichebe $13 million
9 Taye Taiwo $8.5 million
10 Vincent Enyeama       $7.5 million

 

10. VINCENT ENYEAMA

Vincent Enyeama

  • Name:                       Vincent Enyeama
  • Date of Birth:         29 August 1982
  • Role-Playing:          Goalkeeper
  • State of Origin:      Akwa Ibom
  • Marital Status:      Married
  • Networth:              $7.5 million
  • Awards:                  CAF Champions League Player of the year 2003 and 2004,            Prix Marc Vivienne Foe 2014, Goal Nigeria player of the year, Israeli footballer  2009

Enyeama is a household name in Nigeria and no doubt one of the best goalkeepers in Africa and Nigeria has ever had in history.

The shot-stopper played for the Nigeria National team as a first choice keeper from around 2002- 2003 till 2015 when he retired From the National team.

His football success is not only limited to the Nigerian National team as he has also played for a couple of Top League clubs in the world.

Some of the clubs Enyeama has played for are; Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel and the French club Lille.

Enyeama moved from his Israeli club side Hapoel Tell Aviv to the French club Lille and this transfer move was a big break in his goalkeeping career.

During his period in Lille, he appeared for 11 consecutive matches without conceding a goal which is a record he still holds till today in the French League club

His contract with the French club side propelled his journey to the list of richest footballers in Nigeria as it was reported that his annual salary was over $7.5million but was unfortunately terminated on a mutual basis with him.

Enyeama also is a fan of automobiles as he owns a couple of Toys in his garage which includes:

  1. A  Mercedes Benz G-class coupe worth N25 million
  2. A Range Rover Evogue worth N19.4 million.

Enyeama sits at the number 10 spot on the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $7.5 million

9. TAYE TAIWO

Taye Taiwo

Name:                     Taye Taiwo

DOB:                        16th April 1985

Wing:                      Left-back

State of Origin:     Ogun state

Marital Status:      Single

Networth:               $8.5 million

Award:                    Third best player of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

 Next on the list is the Nigerian left-back defender Taye Taiwo.

Taiwo as he’s popularly called is known in the round leather game world for his ability to shot powerful shots with his left foot which leaves both players and goalkeepers marveled.

He is also very good at taking corners and freekicks at long range with the help of his powerful shot.

Taiye Taiwo rose to the peak of his career after his wonderful performance at the FIFA U-20 World cup in the Netherlands after which he was awarded the third-best player of the tournament.

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After the tournament, Taiye Taiwo moved to the French League 1 club Olympique Marseille. During his stay in the French Club between 2005-2011, he had a total of 192 appearances scoring 17 goals in total

Taiye Taiwo has also played for other top clubs in the world like AC Milan where he had an outstanding outing with the club.

He made it to the list of richest footballers in Nigeria with a net worth of $8.5 million.

8. VICTOR ANICHEBE

Victor Anichebe
Victor Anichebe

 Name:                         Victor Anichebe 

Age:                              23rd April 1988

Wing:                           Forward

State of Origin:        Anambra

Marital Status:         Married

Networth:                   $13 million

 

The 7th spot on the list of richest footballers in Nigeria is occupied by Victor Anichebe.

Like most footballers, Victor started his football career in Nigeria before luck met his talent and he moved to play football abroad.

He was first signed to the English club Everton where he performed extraordinarily but his career experienced a major setback after he sustained a career-threatening injury from Kevin Nolanup.

This injury put him off the radar of football for over a year which persuaded him to Sue Kevin Nolanup to court but they later settled out of court.

After he recuperated from the injury and returned to the pitch, his career never remained the same as he netted only 8 goals in 131 appearances for the club which forced his club, Everton, to sell Victor off to West Brom.

He made 55 appearances and netted only 6 goals and was later sold to Sunderland where he scored 3 goals in 18 appearances.

He was finally sold to a Chinese club Beijing Enterprise where he earned an eye-popping weekly salary which boosted his net worth exponentially and saw him climb to the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $13 million.

8. YAKUBU AIYEGBENI

Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Name:                       Yakubu Aiyegbeni

DOB:                          November 22 nd 1982

State of Origin:      Ogun State

Wing:                         Forward

Marital Status:       Married

Networth:                $14 million

Flashback to the world cup qualifiers matches of Nigeria against South Korea in 2010, when Yakubu missed a very important goal in the last minute that could have propelled Nigeria to the World cup.

This incident put his name on the blacklist of Nigerians and it also marked the end of his journey to the Nigerian national team.

After all these controversies, he was able to make it to the list of richest footballers in Nigeria.

Yakubu is undoubtedly one of the best players and top goalscorers Nigeria has produced netting a total of 21 goals in all his Nigerian national team appearances.

Yakubu Aigbeini has played for a lot of top leagues in the world where he performed exceptionally which earned him good fortune.

Amongst the clubs he played for are:

  • English club Middleborough where he had 73 appearances netting 25 goals
  • English club Everton with 82 appearances and 25 goals
  • English club Portsmouth with 78 appearances and 26 goals
  • English club Leicester City with 30 appearances and 17 goals
  • The Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande
  • The English club Blackburn Rover, etc.

Yakubu Aigbeini sits at the No 8 spot in the list of the richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $14 Million.

6. EMMANUEL EMENIKE

Emmanuel Emenike

 Name:                        Emmanuel Emenike

Date of Birth:          10 May 10th,1987

Role:                           Winger

State of Origin:       Delta state

Networth:                 $17 million

Marital Status:        Married

Let’s walk down memory lane; If you could vividly recall during the 2013 African cup of Nations that was held in South Africa, Emenike was very instrumental to the Nigerian National team lifting the trophy,

His wonderful outing during the Nation’s cup in 2013 fetched him a very good place in the Nigerian National team and he also attracted the eyes of notable clubs in Europe to himself.

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The Delta State-born footballer started his football career in Nigeria before he moved to a South African club named Mpumalanga black aces.

He played for a season in the club before he moved to a Turkish club called Karabukspor. After playing for a couple of seasons in this club, his outstanding performance attracted the attention of Fenerbache which is also a Turkish club in 2011.

Later on, signed a contract with a Russian club called CSKA Moscow where he played until his contract expired with the club. Currently, Emenike is a free agent.

He made it to the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of 17 million dollars.

5. AHMED MUSA

Ahmed Musa

 Name:                        Ahmed Musa

DOB:                           14th October 1992

Role:                           Winger

State of Origin:       Kano

Marital Status:        Married

Networth:                 $19 million

 

No.7th on the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria is Ahmed Musa.

Ahmed Musa started his football career in Nigeria before luck met him and he moved to continue his football career abroad.

If you could vividly remember the Nigerian player that scored 2 goals that canceled the Argentine skipper and the world’s best player Lionel Messi’s goal in the  World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina in 2014, that was Ahmed Musa.

Ahmed Musa is well known for his speed, accuracy, and ability to convert opportunities to goals puts him ahead of his teammates in his football career.

He was also amongst the Nigerian National team that won the 2013 edition of the African cup of Nations tournament in which he had an outstanding outing in the tournament.

Musa holds the record of being the first Nigerian to score a brace in two consecutive tournaments 2014 and 2018 world cup games.

Musa has played for a couple of top clubs in Major leagues in the world like the English club side Leicester City before he moved to CSKA Moscow.

From CSKA Moscow, he moved to a Saudi Arabia club called Al- Nassr where he signed mouth-watering deals in those clubs.

As you can see from his profile, Musa has a wonderful football Career both in the Nigerian National team and Internationally.

Ahmed Musa made it to the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated staggering net worth of 19 million dollars.

Currently, Ahmed Musa is a free agent as he’s out of the club for now which made him return to Nigeria to play for his Local state football Kano Pillars in the meantime.

4. VICTOR MOSES

Victor Moses

Name:                      Victor Moses

DOB:                        12th December 1990

Wing:                       Right Winger

State of Origin:     Kaduna

Networth:               $25 million

Marital Status:       Single

The no 8 on the list is The Nigerian left talented winger and International player Victor Moses.

Victor Moses has indeed had an outstanding outing both in the Nigerian National team and his club side.

Moses has represented Nigeria in several National tournaments and has also performed exceptionally well in his various club sides.

Moses has played for several top clubs in Top Leagues in the world which includes;

Wigan Athletic, Stoke City, Crystal Palace before he finally moved to Chelsea football club where his football Career reached its peak.

Victor helped Chelsea cling to the Premier League title during his stay in the club.

He later moved to Inter Milan on a loan from the Turkish club Fenerbahce in 2019.

Victor Moses salary in all these clubs he has played for are very mouthwatering which saw him make it to the list of richest Footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of

$25 million.

3. OBAFEMI MARTINS

Obafemi Martins

Name:                       Obafemi Martins

DOB:                         28th October 1984

Wing:                        Forward

State of Origin:     Lagos

Marital Status:      Married

Networth:               $42 million

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Awards:                 CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2003, 2004,  Chinese FA top Goalscorer.

History wouldn’t forgive us if we fail to acknowledge one of the most successful Nigerian International footballers Obafemi Martins popularly known as Obagoal.

His nickname Obagoal was given to him as a result of his speed and how good he is in converting opportunities to goals.

Obagoal is one of the richest Footballers in Nigeria and one of the most successful international footballers Nigeria has ever produced in history.

He has played for the Italian club Inter Milan for 5 years where he scored 28 goals and won a lot of trophies which include; The Italian Seria A trophy, Italian Super Cup, and Italian Cup.

Obagoal later moved to New Castle from the Italian club side after his contract expired. He has also played for other clubs like Birmingham, Wolfsburg, Levante, Seattle Sounders, etc where he had a good performance respectively.

He is one of the richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $42 million

2. ODION JUDE IGHALO

Jude Odion Ighalo

Name:                      Odion Jude Ighalo

DOB:                       16th June 1989

Wing:                      Forward

State of Origin:    Edo state

Marital Status:     Married

Networth:               $43 million

Odion Jude Ighalo occupies the second position in the list of richest musicians in Nigeria.

According to Wikipedia, Jude Ighalo was born on 16th June 1989 and he started his football from Julius Berger in Lagos State before luck met him and he moved outside Nigeria to further his career.

Ighalo would never be forgotten in a hurry in the history of the Nigeria National team as he was very instrumental to most of the Super Eagle’s winning games before he finally retired from the National team to focus on his international career.

Ighalo has played for some clubs in the Chinese League and other Leagues but his career got to its zenith when he was signed to Manchester United on a loan deal which according to him was a dream come true as he has been wanting to play for Manchester United since childhood.

During his stay in Manchester United, he netted a couple of goals and was generally outstanding in all his appearances for the English Top club

After his loan deal expired with the club, he returned to his original Chinese club which happens to be where he plays to date.

He made it to the top list with an estimated net worth of $43 million.

1. JOHN OBI MIKEL

John Mikel Obi

Name:                       John Obi Mikel

DOB:                          April 22nd1987

Wing:                         Midfielder

State of Origin:       Jos

Marital Status:       Single

Networth:                 $60 million

Awards:                   CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2005

 We finally have arrived at the no1 spot of the richest Footballers in Nigeria which is currently occupied by the Nigerian John Obi Mikel.

John Mikel Obi is the Captain of the Nigerian super-eagles has won a lot of trophies with the Nigerian National team.

He has contributed immensely both financially and otherwise for the super eagles as there were reports that he single-handedly paid for the hotel accommodation for his teammates when they were having accommodation issues during an away match.

John Mikel Obi has played for top European clubs like Chelsea where he won a lot of trophies with the club. Some of his trophies include 2 English Premier League titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Europa League title, etc.

Mikel has also played for big clubs in China and Turkey.

In fact, John Mikel Obi is one of the most successful players in Nigeria and also one of the richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $60 million.

CONCLUSION

As we have seen the list of richest footballers in Nigeria, we are safe to say that football is one of the highest-paying professions in the world and also one of the most profitable ventures on the part of investors.

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