Do you know who is currently the richest footballer in Nigeria? European football known as soccer in some countries makes the top winners rich and famous. Professional football players are celebrities in the world of sports. They are loved by millions of fans, companies, and their own fate.
Just like in any other country, football is extremely popular in Nigeria. This kind of sports is indeed one of the most viewed across the globe, no wonder that millions of citizens gather at cafes and sports bars to cheer for their favorite Nigerian footballers or another team (if Nigeria is not playing that night). Fans are also interested in knowing the richest footballers in Nigeria with net worth.
Who is the highest paid Nigerian footballer? Are you ready to learn this information? What if the richest footballer in Nigeria is also one of your idols?
10 richest footballers in Nigeria with net worth
We have created a list of top 10 richest Nigerian footballers. There are more than 10 rich football players who were born in our country and are now very popular worldwide, but the men on our list are the ‘kings of football’ in terms of their gameplay, charisma, net worth, and fortune.
Let us build our list from ‘less rich’ to the highest paid Nigerian footballer based on their net worth.
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10. Peter Odemwingie
This famous footballer has Nigerian and Russian origins. He is talented and loved by many people in and outside the country.
This great player has played for many football teams across the planet. The main highlights of his career were between 2002-2014 and he mostly played as a winger and forward. These were the 12 years when he earned most of his net worth of approximately 5.5 million U.S. dollars.
The start of Peter’s career was in the Nigeria Premier League. He also represented Nigeria in over sixty games, including World Cups and Africa Cup of Nations.
In 2017, Peter signed a contract with Madura United (Liga 1, Indonesia).
9. Taye Ismaila Taiwo
This well-known Nigerian footballer was born in Lagos, is a great defender and extremely rich. He has played for many foreign teams since 2003, starting his impressive career at Gabros International. As his career grew, he kept earning good money. It is believed that Taye’s net worth is approximately 6.6 million U.S. dollars.
Currently, this famous Nigerian defender plays for Rovaniemen Palloseura shortly called RoPS.
8. Vincent Enyeama
One of the richest footballers in Nigeria is the goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. He has been playing since 1999. His overwhelming career started in our country. He was a part of Nigerian National Team for 13 years. He also played for different international clubs.
Well, let’s get to our main point. What is his net worth? Different sources state that Vincent has earned approximately 7 million U.S. dollars.
7. Victor Anichebe
The famous striker Victor Anichebe is also known by Nigerians who live in Lagos, not just because he was born here, but because of his incredible career in the world of sports.
Victor’s career started 15 years ago, with the first contract signed in 2006. How rich is he? Based on multiple sources, this Nigerian footballer has earned approximately 11 million U.S.
6. Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Yakubu is from Edo state, but his career began in Lagos state. Officially retired from the world of football at the end of 2017, Yakubu is believed to have a net worth of over 14 million U.S. dollars.
He is one of the highest paid Nigerian footballers, and he is in the middle of our list.
5. Emmanual Chinenye Emenike
While the first years of Emmanual’s career as a striker didn’t bring him any money, since he was a part of Delta Force club, he still managed to grow to professional matches.
He moved to South Africa 10 years ago and kept playing. He played for different teams, representing Nigeria in international clubs and earning good salaries.
His current net worth is approximately 18 million U.S. dollars. Not bad, isn't it?
4. Ahmed Musa
Professional left winger and forwarder, Ahmed Musa is Jos in Plateau State. Ahmed’s incredible career started 10 years ago. He played for GBS Football Academy and JUTH F.C. and other Nigerian clubs. He has been playing for international clubs, developing and growing professionally since 2010.
Musa’s net worth is around 18 million U.S. dollars.
3. Victor Moses
Victor Moses' amazing career started when he was only 11 years old. Can you images this? Victor’s appearance at 2010’s Premier League made him extremely famous in and outside Nigeria. Growing professionally, this football star was asked to join Chelsea in 2012. He has also played for Liverpool and other prestigious clubs.
He is back in Chelsea with his net worth of approximately 20-23 million U.S. dollars.
2. Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins
Quick, famous and wealthy, Obafemi began his career 19 years ago. He played in the streets and was so good that he was noticed by professionals, so he switched his Nigerian club to Italy. He kept developing, signing new contracts, and earning his millions.
According to various sources, his net worth is approximately 35 million U.S. dollars.
1. John Michael Obinna (better known as John Mikel Obi)
This player is the number 1 richest footballer in Nigeria. His career of midfielder is fantastic. It began when this Nigerian boy was just 12 years old. He was extremely talented, so talented that he was selected from three thousand other boys to play in Pepsi Football Academy.
He keeps playing at top clubs and has approximately 57-60 million U.S. dollars net worth. This makes him the highest paid Nigerian football player this year.
While there are many more famous and high paid footballers who were born in Nigeria, we hope that our selection of top 10 Nigerian richest and most notable footballers and their net worth is something you enjoyed reading.
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