Obafemi Martins biography: age, partner, salary, net worth

Obafemi Martins biography: age, partner, salary, net worth

What makes Obafemi Martins so famous? He is a successful footballer whose speed, tenacity, and prowess on the pitch have made him reputable.

Obafemi Martins
Martins warms up during the Rubin Kazan Training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League Group A match with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photo: Ian Walton
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His first international football team was Inter Milan in Italy. Later, he played for other teams such as Newcastle and Seattle Sounders FC. The footballer has made excellent achievements throughout his career.

Obafemi Martins profile summary

  • Birth name: Akinwunmi Obafemi Martins
  • Celebrated name: Obafemi Martins
  • Date of birth: October 28, 1984
  • Obafemi Martins age: 36 years (as of 2020)
  • Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Sun sign: Scorpio
  • Height: 1.7m (170cm)
  • Weight: 70 kilograms
  • Profession: Football player
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Spouse: Abigail Barwuah

Obafemi Martins biography

The Nigerian footballer was born on 28th October 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was raised alongside his two brothers, Oladipupo, who was a footballer, and John Ronan.

Oladipupo, his elder brother, played for Reggiana (an Italian club), Partizan, (Serbian club), and Innsbrucker AC, an Austrian club.

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He retired in 2009 because he developed heart problems. He died of a suspected heart attack on August 8, 2011, in Lagos.

How old is Obafemi Martins? As of 2020, Obafemi Martins real age is 36 years.


Young Obafemi started his career in 1999 after becoming famous for his speed, strength, and skills while on the pitch.

The footballer was scouted by Churchill Oliseh and later joined F.C. Ebedei, a local football club. In 2001, he transferred to Inter Milan in Europe for a fee of 750,000 Euros.

He led the team in winning several tournaments, and in 2005, he signed a contract whereby he would receive an annual salary of 2.5 million Euros until 2010.

Obafemi Martins real age
Obafemi Martins speaks at We Day at KeyArena on April 23, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Suzi Pratt/WireImage
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While still playing for Inter Milan, he made records for being the first teenager to score in three Champion League seasons consecutively.

His tenacity and speed earned him a playing spot in the Nigerian Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad in 2006.

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Later, he joined Newcastle United in August 2006 on a five-year contract at a fee of 15 million Euros. He had the number 9 jersey.

Unfortunately, on 27th August 2006, he suffered a knee injury in a match against Aston Villa. The footballer scored his first goal for Newcastle on 17th September 2006.

He later moved to Bundesliga club VFL Wolfsburg in 2009 and in July 2010, he was sold for a reported €17 million to reigning Russian Premier League champions Rubin Kazan.

In January 2011, he joined Premier League club Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. In September 2012, Martins moved to Levante on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract.

From 2013 to 2015, he played for Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, where he scored 40 goals in 72 games. On 18 February 2016, Martins was signed to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

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In September 2020, Martins joined Chinese Super League club Wuhan Zall on a one-year deal after his Shanghai Shenhua contract was terminated

Obafemi Martins net worth

The celebrated footballer has managed to make a good fortune throughout his career. His net worth is approximated to be 25 million dollars as of 2020.

Obafemi Martins salary at the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua was 6.6 million dollars per year.

Obafemi Martins net worth
Obafemi Martins drives the ball during the match between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG at Hongkou Football Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China. Photo: Visual China Group
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Obafemi Martins cars

The celebrity owns several luxurious cars.

  • Mercedes Benz SLR Mc Laren
  • Mercedes Benz G-class
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • Ferrari Spider


The striker has two mansions - one in Lagos worth 500 million Naira and another in Como, Italy, worth 800 million Naira.

Who is Obafemi Martins wife?

The celebrity is married to Abigail Barwuah, who is Ghanaian- Italian. They have been together since 2012 when the footballer was head over heels in love with her. Together they have one son, Kendrick, who was born on 16th October.

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Oba Martins has two other children. He dated an African girl when he was playing in Italy and in 2006, this Obafemi Martins girlfriend gave birth to a boy named Itunuoluwa, a.k.a Kelvin. He also has another son whose name is Tyler.

Obafemi Martins is a celebrated and talented Nigerian football player. He has played for several clubs such as Newcastle, Inter Milan, and Seattle Sounders FC., and has managed to make tremendous achievements in the sporting industry.

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