Nigeria as a country is full of talents, and one of the talents we don’t lag in is football. Every Nigerian footballer dreams of making it to Europe and making it big there. And their reasons are not far-fetched. The income brackets between home based footballers and Europe based is just…, in fact I don’t have the words. Let’s just not go there. This is why Nigeria is home to some of the richest football players in Africa. In no particular order these are the richest Nigerian players.
Richest Nigerian Footballers and Their Net Worth
1. John Mikel Obi – Net worth $57million
Mikel Obi is currently at the top of the list of the richest footballers in Nigeria. He started his football career in Norweigian Lyn Oslo. After he won second most valuable player in the youth world cup he was bought by Chelsea football club. He plied his trade at the North London club for over 10 years. His stay in London was very profitable for him as he was able to amass a small fortune in the time he spent there.
During the just concluded English Premiership season, he moved to Chinese giants Tianjin Teda where he earns – €8.4 million annually. This I believe will see his net worth rise further. He is currently dating a Russian model who happens to be Abramovich daughter. Ambramovich is the owner of Chealsea. They have been together for five years and they have a son. Mikel Obi has various properties in London, Lagos and Jos. He also loves exotic cars. He also has endorsement deals from Samsung and Amstel Malta.
2. Vincent Enyeama – Net worth $7million
One time number shot stopper for super eagles, Vincent Enyeama made his debut for Nigeria in Nigeria’s 0-0 draw against England at Korea-Japan 2002. And ever since then he’s played top flight football in Nigeria, Israel and France. Enyeama was goalkeeper at Enyimba the two seasons they won the CAF champions league back to back. This feat made Eyinmba of Aba the first Nigeria team to do so. Enyeama retired last year from Nigeria football after a fall out with the ten Super Eagles handler Sunday Oliseh. Currently he’s injured, but prior to then he was French League Lille’s first choice goalkeeper. Vincent Enyeama, who is also one of the top richest footballers in Nigeria, has a net worth of $7million and an annual salary of €1.8 million.
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3. Obafemi Martins – Net worth $35million
Obafemi Martins is a Nigerian international who left Nigeria for the shores of Europe at the age of 16. He is 32 now and for the past 16 years, he has plied his trade all across Europe to America and even Asia. He has probably played for more clubs than any Nigerian player has. In 2016 he moved from MLS side Seattle Sounder to Shanghai Shenhua where he earns – €8.4 million annually. As at 2016 while he was at Seattle Sounder his net worth was $35million; this whooping sum qualifies him to be one of the richest footballers in Nigeria. Obagoal has hotels in Italy and properties in other parts of the world.
4. Yakubu Ayegbeni – Net worth $14.5million
He was born in Benin City Edo state Nigeria. He plies his trade in Europe and plays the centre forward position. Ayegbeni’s football has seen a downward spiral in recent times. At this moment he is a free agent. This means the last club he was in did not re knew his contract and no other club has bought him yet. Since April 2017 he has been without a club. And at 34, he doesn’t stand much of a chance again. However the years he spent at Europe have been quite fruitful. He has hotels in Auchi, a filling station also and other properties in Nigeria.
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5. Ahmed Musa – Net worth $18 million
Musa is a forward for premier league side, Leicester city and for the Nigerian Super eagles. He came from CSKA Moscow to England during the 2016/2017. He started his professional football career in Nigeria in 2008 and by 2010 he had moved to Europe. In his 7 years stay in Europe he has amassed a whopping $18 million. In April 2017, the 24 year old divorced his wife Jamila, due to her refusal for him to marry a second wife. Which according to laws of Islam is right, Musa has since married the second wife.
6. Victor Moses – Net Worth $20.1 million
Now Victor Moses plays for Chelsea Football club of England. His football actually seems to be on the rise. The very hard working Victor Moses has been very instrumental to Chelsea winning this season Premier League Trophy. He is an integral part of Antonio Conte’s, (Chelsea Manger) team. He has endorsement of over $1million annually, and he also has many landed properties.
7. Osaze Odemwingie – Net Worth $5.5 million
He is partly Nigerian and Russian by birth, he was born in Russia 35 years ago. He grew up partly in Russian and Nigeria. Odemwingie plays for Madura united In Liga 1. He debuted for the super Eagles in 2002 and played until 2014. He was one of the most consistent players while he played for the super eagles. He was known carry the team on his shoulders even when others were not doing well. He has had endorsement from Big Brands like Pepsi and others.
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8. Taye Taiwo – Net Worth $6.6million
Taye Taiwo is a Nigerian footballer, he is signed to FC-Luasannne –Sport, his contract is expected to last till the end of the 2016/2017. He Started his football career in Nigeria, playing for Gabros FC, and then NPL side Lobi Stars. In 2004 he moved to Marseille just after one season with Lobi Stars. Taye Taiwo is a left footed defender, and his power shots, though far between, have been known to save the Super eagles from very precarious situations. Taye is one of the richest footballers in Nigeria and he flaunts it at what every opportunity he gets.
9. Victor Aniechebe – Net worth $11million
Anichebe raised a lot of hairs in 2013, when he refused to return to playing for Nigeria, after an injury spell. And since then till now, he hasn’t had a single cap for Nigeria. That brings his total number of appearances for Nigerian to 11 and 1 goal. Anichebe has since been linked with an international come back, he has been having talks with Nigeria’s coach. Anichebe left Nigeria for the Uk, when he was one year old. He plays for Sunderland in England, and is currently dating Dj Cuppy, Otedola’s first daughter. He bought her a G-Wagon for her birthday. In 2016 Anichebe earned over $1million.
10. Emmanuel Emenike – Net worth $18.33million
This powerhouse forward plays for Turkish team Fenerbache and also the Super eagles. He is reputed for his strength and his habit of forcing the ball when nothing else is working. Emenike was once called a monkey at his club by racists. But in his epic reply he told them not to forget to call him a rich monkey the next time. With a net worth of $18million, it is not difficult to see why Emenike is on the list of the richest footballers in Nigeria. Emenike always parties with other Nigerian celebrities, musicians especially at the most exclusive venues.
These are the Nigerian footballer with the highest net worth at the moment. This is not a list of the highest paid footballers, in case you are wondering why Iwobi and Iheanacho are not on this list. This is the amount of money that has been amassed over their football career. The major metrics for this is their salaries over time, and endorsement deals. So there you have it; the richest footballers in Nigeria. What do you think?