Nigerian footballer’s skill and incredible talent graces various sports categories. Football is one of the profitable occupations and players are paid astronomically. The Nigerian footballers are the richest signing hefty contracts weekly.
The Nigerian football players a few have solidified their status and also get compensated for merchandising and picture rights. Besides the tremendous salaries, they also earn performance bonuses in the elite clubs. This brings us to thinking who the richest Nigerian footballers are.
Below are the 11 top richest footballers in Nigeria:
#1. John Obi Mikel ($60 milllion)
John Mikel Obi is an undisputed richest professional footballer in Nigeria. He is one of the longest-serving and devoted captains of the Nigerian national team. He has a few honors and a slew of trophies. He started at 17 years in 2004, went to Chelsea English Club in 2006 and in 2017 moved to China with Tianjin TEDA.
#2. Odion Ighalo ($43 million)
Odion Jude Ighalo is a Nigerian professional footballer playing as a striker for Premier League club Manchester United, on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese Super League. He started his career at Nigerian clubs Prime and Julius Berger, and Ighalo moved to Norwegian club Lyn in 2007. The 2nd richest footballer in Nigeria is Ighalo. All through his career he kept on moving between clubs as required. However, today he is a footballer playing for proud Manchester United.
#3. Obafemi Martins ($41 million)
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins is a Nigerian professional footballer playing as a forward for Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall. He is popular for his speed on the ball. After leaving Nigeria at age 16, for Italy, he played for many top-division clubs around Europe.
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#4. Victor Moses ($25 million)
Victor Moses is a Nigerian professional footballer playing as a winger on flank for Russian club Spartak Moscow on loan from Premier League club Chelsea. He is 30 and is a player with a brilliant career on international and national level deserving to be one of the top 11 richest footballers in Nigeria.
#5. Ahmed Musa ($18 million)
Ahmed Musa, a Nigerian professional footballer plays as left winger and forward for the Nigeria national team. Musa is the first Nigerian to score in a FIFA World cup match. He is 28 years and is one of the top richest footballers in Nigeria.
#6. Emmanuel Emenike ($15.8 million)
Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike is a Nigerian international footballer playing as a striker. He played recently for Belgian club Westerlo. He is 33 years and he started with Delta Force his football career. Currently, Emenike is without a club, but has his earnings to rank him as 6th richest footballers in Nigeria.
#7. Victor Anichebe ($15 million)
Victor Chinedu Anichebe is a Nigerian professional footballer playing as a striker. He is a free agent now, having played recently for Beijing Enterprises. Starting with Everton, after few goals, was sold to West Brom, move to Sunderland, and settled in China in Beijing Enterprise. His salary earned him the position of holding the 7th position as the richest footballers.
#8. Yakubu Aiyegbeni ($14 million)
Yakubu Aiyegbeni was born on November 22, 1981 in Benin City, Nigeria. He became the Nigerian striker, one of the top scorers of national team’s on joining the squad in 2000. In 2014, he joined Al Rayyan. He is a prolific goal scorer in the Nigerian national team and his career saw many ups and downs, but his earning placed him in the 8th position.
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#9. Anthony Ujah ($10 million)
Anthony Ujah is a Nigerian professional footballer playing a forward for the Nigeria national team and Bundesliga side 1. FC Union Berlin. He is 30 years. Ujah joined Lillestrom on the contract of four years to build his worth. He was transferred to Mainz and returned a year later to the German Bundesliga to Union Berlin. Most clubs he signed earned him enough to be the richest footballers.
#10. Vincent Enyeama ($7.5 million)
Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian professional footballer playing as a goalkeeper. He achieved a lot in his career. He played for 13 years for the national team and gave a variety of shots. He was well-liked and a renowned goalkeeper with clean sheets consecutively.
#11. Taye Taiwo ($7.2 million)
Taye Taiwo was born on April 16, 1985, in Nigeria. He won multiple league titles and represented Nigeria at the international level from 2004 to 2011. He was a free-kick expert, scoring multiple long-range scores. His net worth of $7.2million made him one of the top 11 richest footballers in Nigeria.
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