When two teams of eleven men or women kick a round leather ball at one other, it’s known as “the round leather game.” Over time, football has become a huge crowd-puller and moneymaker for club owners, advertisers, and footballers alike because of its popularity. The wealthiest Nigerian players are profiled in this article.
Fans and players alike want to know how much their favorite athletes make each week and would be happy to get even half of that amount. To make millions of dollars, you must be a top player, scouted, and exported to play the game in other countries where the game is popular.
As long as you’re a fan of one of the 10 richest players in Nigeria, you won’t be disappointed. As you may have suspected, they all do business outside of the United States. They have been included on this list because of the value of their assets, the amount of money they make each week and year, and the automobiles they drive. See how some of Nigeria’s best and wealthiest players live if you’re willing to take a peek inside their worlds.
Richest footballers in Nigeria
1. John Obi Mikel
John Mikel Obi is now Nigeria’s wealthiest footballer. When Vincent Enyeama announced his retirement from international soccer, he was named the new captain of the Super Eagles. Since then, he has announced his retirement from the game of soccer.
As a member of Nigeria’s youth World Cup team, Mikel Obi made his international debut. Lyon Oslo, a Norwegian soccer team, signed him after he had an outstanding career and earned the second most valuable player award after Lionel Messi’s.
Chelsea then recruited him, and he stayed for eleven years, becoming well-known and wealthy while also winning several league cups. He is currently engaged to Olga Dyachenko, with whom he has a son. They are also expecting their second child.
Tianjin Teda paid Mikel Obi £8.4 million a year to play in China. He is currently single after quitting Trabzonspor due to a sour relationship.
Range Rover Sport for 90 million, Bentley Continental GT worth 75 million, and Mercedes Benz G-class worth 45 million are some of his most expensive automobiles. He also has opulent houses in Lagos, Nigeria, and London. About 20.5 billion is his estimated net worth.
2. Obafemi Martins
Because of his ability to score goals in international matches for the Nigerian national team and European teams, Obafemi Martins is known as the “Oba goal.” He was just 16 years old when he left the United States to play soccer overseas and began his career with Inter Milan.
After playing for Inter Milan, Martins went on to play in England, Germany, Russia, Spain, and the United States until settling in Shanghai Shenhua in China’s top tier.
At Shanghai Shenhua, he got a yearly salary of 2.4 billion, and he also had Nigerian companies and endorsement deals that bring him additional revenue each year.
After a career-threatening injury in 2019, he is presently looking for a new team.
Among Martin’s possessions are a Porsche Gembella, BMW X6, Mercedes Benz McLaren, Ferrari Lusso at $65 million, and a Lamborghini Gallardo valued at $1.135 billion. This man has valued something in the neighborhood of 14 billion.
3. Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo was born on June 16, 1989, in Lagos, Nigeria, and now plays for the Nigeria national team. Odion is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest players. Before moving to England, he had previously played in Norway, Italy, and Spain.
He was formerly a member of the English football team Watford FC before joining the Chinese club Changchun Yatai for a reported £20 million. When it comes to football in Nigeria now, he is one of the highest-paid players.
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua has loaned him to Manchester United, where he is presently playing.
In addition to his income of 4.8 billion, Odion possesses assets of around 12 billion. Cars that cost him millions of dollars to buy include an expensive Mercedes-Benz G wagon, as well as an even more expensive Range Rover Sport.
4. Vincent Enyeama
On August 29, 1982, Vincent Enyeama was born in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He began his professional career with Ibom Stars before moving on to play for Enyimba International FC and Iwuanyanwu Nationale, now Heartland FC. As a premier goalkeeper, he made the move from Isreal to OSC Lille FC in France.
In 2018, he announced his retirement from international football and ended his career as the most-capped Nigerian player in the history of the country’s national team.
As the Super Eagles’ goalkeeper in the past, he had a significant impact on the team’s success. He’s equally adept at taking penalties.
He doesn’t have a club right now.
He has a 25 million Naira Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe and a Range Rover Evoque, as well as a number of other valuables. It is estimated that he has a net worth of $10 billion. He has a family and is married to a woman.
5. Victor Moses
Victor Moses is the next star on our list of Nigeria’s richest footballers. Victor was born on December 12, 1990, in Lagos, Nigeria. He has represented the Super Eagles as well as clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Crystal Palace and Wigan.
Moses won the Premier League with Chelsea after moving from Wigan. Inter Milan has loaned him out till the end of the season.
His weekly pay is 4.7 million yen, which is astronomical in this day and age. His net worth is estimated to be around 7.3 billion. Some of his other holdings include luxury automobiles such as the Maserati and Mercedes-Benz G Wagons, Audi A8, and Range Rover Sport valued at a combined total of $80 million.
6. Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa was born in Kano, Nigeria, on October 14, 1992, making him the youngest of three children. Prior to coming to Russia, he played for CSA Moscow and Leicester City FC in the United Kingdom. He was paid $4 million a year by Leicester City FC.
Musa is regarded as the finest striker in Nigeria because of his ability to play both as a left-winger and as a striker.
Saudi Arabian Club Al-Nasr, where he presently plays, paid him around $8 billion to join on. Musa was a key member of the Saudi Super Cup-winning squad on January 4, 2020. His yearly compensation is around $3 million, which equates to $1.08 billion in Japanese yen. About 6.5 billion yen is his net worth
he bought petrol stations in Kano and invested his money there. Mercedes G Wagon, Range Rover Sport, and BMW i8 are just a few of his other expensive automobiles, which he also owns.
7. Emmanuel Emenike
Emmanuel Emenike is a Nigerian footballer who ranks among the country’s wealthiest. Emmanuel was born on May 10, 1987, in Anambra state. Prior to arriving to South Africa, Emmanuel was a local football player and a striker. He was signed by Fenerbache in 2011.
After helping Nigeria win the 2013 African Cup of Nations, his performance was even more impressive. Before he was moved to Spartak Moscow for €10 million because of a difficulty at Fernabache, his career had taken off.
His current pay is €2.7 million per year, which equates to 1.128 billion, and he has a net worth of 6.4 billion at the moment.
Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes Benz G wagon are among his prized possessions. Real estate investments are also said to be a big part of his wealth, and he is rumored to hold luxury residences in Nigeria, Dubai, and London.
8. Victor Chinedu Anichebe
Victor Anichebe, a former Everton striker, was born on April 23, 1988, in London, England. As a free agent, Victor has been hampered by ailments throughout his career. Before joining Beijing Sports FC in the Chinese division, he had been a member of the national team.
Automobiles are Victor Anichebe’s passion, and he drives a Mercedes Benz Wagon that costs $42 million, which includes the cost of real estate and other cars. His fortune is estimated to be at $6.9bn.
9. Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest players. Before transferring to Everton FC, Alex Iwobi played for Arsenal FC of England. Alex is also a member of Nigeria’s national football squad, the Super Eagles. Jay-Jay Okocha’s cousin.
His weekly salary at Arsenal FC was 3.2 million pounds. Everton FC pays him an annual salary of €4 million (or 1.440 billion) at the club. It’s estimated that he’s worth €8.4 million, or around N3.511 trillion. A BMW 7-Series, a Range Rover, and a Mercedes-Benz Convertible totaling $25 million are just a few of his prized possessions.
10. Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho is an Imo State native who was born on October 3rd, 1996. In the United Kingdom, he played for Leicester City for a short time after beginning his career with Manchester City. He plays as a striker for Leicester City Football Club and is a frequent member of the Nigerian national team.
It is estimated that he makes €3.2 million a year. On a weekly basis, Kelechi makes almost €66,000. His net worth is believed to be at $4 million, which is equivalent to 1.440 billion yen.
In his garage, a teenage football star has some of the nicest automobiles you can get your hands on. A BMW i8 for $12 million, a state-of-the-art Rolls Royce and Range Rover, and an 18-million-dollar Mercedes C300 are among his lavish automobiles.