Football is a game that is played between two teams of eleven men or women kicking a round leather ball, and Football is often referred to as the “round leather game.” The game is so popular that over the years, it has become a crowd puller and money-spinner for club owners, sponsors, and footballers. This article looks at the richest footballers in Nigeria.
We know fans and players alike would love to know how much their idol earn weekly and even wish they could receive half of that sum. Also, if you have skills to play the game and want to make millions of dollars, then you must be among the best, be spotted by scouts, and exported to play the game in foreign lands.
It does not matter which team or player you adore because we have compiled a list of ten of the richest footballers in Nigeria. As you guessed already, they all ply their trade abroad. They are in this list by the worth of visible assets and how much they earn weekly and yearly, their current contract sums, and cars. If you are ready to enter the world of the rich and famous and see their lifestyle, then read on as we unveil some of the best and the wealthiest footballers in Nigeria for your pleasure.
Richest footballers in Nigeria
Here are the richest footballers in Nigeria:
1. John Obi Mikel
- Net worth: ₦20.5 billion
John Mikel Obi is the undisputed richest footballer in Nigeria currently. He became the Super Eagles captain when Vincent Enyeama retired from international soccer. He has since retired from international football.
Mikel Obi started his soccer career in Nigeria and was in the youth World Cup as part of Nigeria’s team. He was spectacular and won the second most valuable player award second to Lionel Messi and went to play for a Norwegian football club called Lyon Oslo.
Chelsea later hired him, and he stayed there for ten years and grew famous and rich, won key league cups, and is now engaged to Olga Diyachenko, and they have a son.
Mikel Obi played China for Tianjin Teda, with an annual salary of £8.4 million. He is presently unattached after leaving Trabzonspor over a disagreement.
He owns luxurious properties in Nigeria, and London and his vehicles include the latest model of Range Rover Sport valued at about ₦90 million, a Bentley Continental GT worth ₦75 million, and a Mercedes Benz G-class that costs ₦45 million. His net worth is about ₦20.5 billion.
2. Obafemi Martins
- Net worth: ₦14 billion
Obafemi Martins is a famous player nicknamed “Oba goal” because he is skillful at scoring goals in his International matches for the Super Eagles and European clubs. He was 16 years of age when he traveled abroad to play soccer and started his International football career at Inter Milan.
From Inter Milan, Martins moved to England and then to Germany, Russia, Spain and America before finally moving to China, where he played for Shanghai Shenshua, a first division club.
He earned an annual salary of ₦2.4 billion at Shanghai Shenshua and has businesses in Nigeria and endorsements that make him more money yearly.
He is currently seeking a new club after recovering from a career threatening injury in 2019.
Martins loves cars, and some of his assets include expensive vehicles such as a Porsche Gembella, BMW X6, Mercedes Benz McLaren, Ferrari Lusso worth ₦65 million, and a ₦115 million Lamborghini Gallardo. His net worth is approximately ₦14 billion.
3. Odion Ighalo
- Net worth: ₦12 billion
Odion Ighalo is an International Footballer born in Lagos on 16 June 1989. Odion makes this list of the richest footballers in Nigeria. He has previously played in Norway, the Italian League, and the Spanish league before he moved to England.
He played for Watford FC of England before he signed up for a Chinese club called Changchun Yatai for the sum of £20 million. He is one of the highest-paid Nigerian football players today.
He currently plays for Manchester United on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
Odion earns an annual salary of ₦4.8 billion and has a net worth of about ₦12 billion. Some of his luxurious cars are a Mercedes Benz G wagon valued at ₦32 million, and a Range Rover Sport that cost ₦15 million.
4. Vincent Enyeama
- Net worth: ₦10 billion
Vincent Enyeama was born in Akwa Ibom state Nigeria on 29 August 1982. He started his club football with Ibom Stars and also played locally for Enyimba International FC and Iwuanyanwu Nationale now Heartland FC, before going International to play for Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. From Isreal, he transferred to OSC Lille FC in France, as a top goaltender.
He was the captain of the Super Eagles and held the record of 101 matches as the most capped player before he retired in 2018 and stopped playing International Football for Nigeria.
In the past, as the Super Eagles goals keeper, he played deciding roles to enable the team to win its matches. He is equally an expert penalty taker.
He is presently without a club.
He has investments in numerous businesses, and some of his assets include cars like 25 million Naira Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe and a Range Rover Evoque. His net worth is around ₦10 billion. He is married with children.
5. Victor Moses
- Net worth: ₦ 7.3 billion
The next star on this roll call of the richest footballers in Nigeria is Victor Moses. Victor is an attacking midfielder and was born on 12 December 1990 in Lagos. He played for the super eagles and foreign clubs like Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic.
From Wigan, Moses moved to Chelsea and won the premier league in 2017. He is presently on loan at Inter Milan.
His salary is a massive sum of ₦4.7 million weekly. His net worth is about ₦7.3 B. His other assets include a fleet of exotic cars like a Maserati, Mercedes Benz G Wagon worth ₦42 million, an Audi A8 worth ₦22 million, and a ₦15 million Range Rover Sport.
6. Ahmed Musa
- Net worth: ₦6.5 billion
Ahmed Musa was born in Kano on 14 October 1992. He started his playing career locally before moving abroad and has played for clubs like CSA Moscow and Leicester City FC. At Leicester City FC, he was on an annual salary of $4 million.
In Nigeria, they know Musa as the best Striker that functions both as a left-winger and Striker effortlessly.
He currently plays for the Saudi Arabian Club Al-Nassr with a signup fee of about ₦8 billion. On 4 January 2020, Musa contributed his share in the team that won the Saudi Super Cup. His annual salary is about $3 million, which translates to the sum of ₦1.08 billion. His net worth is about ₦6.5 B.
He invested in gas filling stations in Kano. His other assets include luxurious cars like a Mercedes Benz G Wagon that cost ₦42 million, Range Rover Sport worth ₦15 million, and a BMW i8 and more.
7. Emmanuel Emenike
- Net worth: ₦6.4 billion
Emmanuel Emenike is one of the richest footballers in Nigeria. Emmanuel is from Anambra state and was born on 10 May 1987. Emmanuel started playing Football locally before moving abroad to South Africa and plays as a striker. In 2011, Fenerbache signed him up.
He was also brilliant in the 2013 African Cup of Nations, where he helped the Super Eagles to victory in their games. His career had taken flight until he had a problem at Fernabache, and the club sold him to Spartak Moscow for €10 million.
His recent salary was €2.7 million yearly, which translates to ₦1.128 billion, and his net worth is about ₦6.4 billion.
He loves cars and has Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes Benz G wagon valued at ₦45 million. He is also touted to invest heavily in real estate and owns choice properties in Nigeria, Dubai, and London.
8. Victor Chinedu Anichebe
- Net worth: ₦6 billion
Victor Anichebe, who was a striker at the Everton Football Club in the United Kingdom, was born on 23 April 1988. Victor has been plagued by a bout of injuries in his career and is now on a free transfer. He had not long ago played for Beijing Sports FC in the Chinese league.
Just like other star players, Victor Anichebe loves cars and drives a white Mercedes Benz Wagon that sells at the pricey sum of ₦42 million, including real states and other vehicles. His net worth is about ₦6 billion.
9. Alex Iwobi
- Net worth: ₦3.5 billion
As you count the richest footballers in Nigeria, Alex Iwobi will pop up. Alex Iwobi, who was born on 3 May 1996, played for Arsenal FC of England before moving on to Everton FC. Alex also plays for the National team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles. He is a cousin to Jay-Jay Okocha.
At Arsenal FC, his weekly pay was ₦3.2 million. At his current club Everton FC, he earns a yearly fantastic mouth-watering salary of €4 million or ₦1.440 billion. His net worth is €8.4 million, which translates to about N3.511 billion naira. Some of his assets of exotic cars include a BMW 7 series, a Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz Convertible worth ₦25 million
10. Kelechi Iheanacho
- Net worth: ₦1.4 billion
Kelechi Iheanacho was born on 3 October 1996, and he is From Imo State. He started his career at Manchester City before transferring to Leicester City Football club in the United Kingdom. At Leicester City Football club, he plays as a striker and regularly plays for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
His yearly salary is a whopping sum of about €3.2 million. Kelechi earns approximately €66,000 weekly. He has an estimated net worth of about $4 million or ₦1.440 billion.
This young football star loves cars and has some of the best you can find in his garage. Some of his opulent cars are a BMW i8 valued at ₦12 million, a state-of-the-art Rolls Royce and Range Rover and a Mercedes C300 that costs ₦18 million.
This article is the list of the richest footballers in Nigeria, who are playing actively. We used their earnings and visible assets like cars and businesses to draw up this list. If you know, any wealthy Nigerian Footballer that you think ought to be here, use the comment box below to send us the name.
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