Can you guess the name of the richest sportsman in Nigeria 2017? Who is he? Are you interested in what is the highest paid sport? Read the article to find out all the answers.
Today the favorites when it comes to earnings are racers of Formula 1, basketball players, tennis players, boxers, golfers, and of course, football players. The African continent, Nigeria included are famous for their impressive football stars. They play for the best world clubs. So, no doubt, they make good money.
Who is the richest sportsman in Nigeria?
So, who do you think is the richest? Who is Mr. X? Who is considered the highest paid sports man in Nigeria 2017?
He is the football player - Odion Jude Ighalo. The guy is a player of the Nigerian national team and the striker of the Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai.
The football star is now 28 years old. His date of birth is June 19, 1989. This sportsman was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Odion Ighalo started his football career in Nigeria. He started at the club Prime, and then Julius Berger. Since 2007, the striker has played for European clubs. Among them are:
● Lyn, Norway
● Udinese, Italy
● Granada, Spain
● Cesena, Italy
● Watford, England
We would not describe all the successful games and seasons of this player. Let's just say that it’s expensive to play in the Premier League. The last European club, where the striker played, is in Watford, England. Here he spent two seasons.
The first season 2014-2015 was successful, and the second 2015-2016 was not as good as the previous one. The player lost his form a little. He went on the field fewer times, and the results were lower than before.
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What is Odion Ighalo value?
At the beginning of the year, Changchun Yatai made a deal with Watford (some sources say it is about 20 million pounds sterling, the others report that it's 22 million). Let’s compare, in 2008, the Italian Udinese acquired a player for a "modest" 1.6 million Euros. As early as the end of 2015, Forbes estimated the Nigerian striker is worth only 4 million pounds. As you can see, the Odion Ighalo value on football market has grown five folds in a couple of years.
The Chinese club will pay him a salary of about 10 million pounds a year. Every week, he receives a 190, 000-pound salary (according to the Sun). It equals almost 89 million Naira. The dailymail.co.uk and some other Internet sources name a larger amount (200, 000 pounds).
According to the football player, the Chinese have been trying to get him for a long time. In an interview with The Sun, he claimed that two seasons ago the Chinese offered him three times as much salary, “The money than was much more than this, even triple what I will be getting now.”
He did not want to leave Europe and the Premier League. Odion Ighalo hoped to come back in three years. Now the striker would be playing for the Chinese football club. The sportsman was waiting for offers from other European football clubs. But the proposal that came from China was very profitable, and Watford management decided to send the striker to Changchun Yatai.
As you see, China is ready to pay an incredible amount of money to world-famous footballers. The intention of Chinese football clubs is to break out of the Asian Champions League and Chinese Super League into a more serious form of football.
Today, the highest salary in China is given to Hebei China Fortune striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. It’s £ 798,000 a week. At the same time, Forbes richest Cristiano Ronaldo (with salary of 58 million dollars) and Lionel Messi (his salary is 50 million dollars) remain world leaders. But these figures include not only the salary but also the club’s bonuses where they play.
As we can see, Odion Ighalo is not only the richest sportsman in Nigeria 2017. But he is also at the top of the list of highest-paid football players in the world. Let's wish him good luck.
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