Are you interested in finding out the richest footballers in Nigeria? In Nigeria, football is the most popular sport and the Nigerian national team competes for titles internationally, especially in Europe, mostly in England.
The national team of Nigeria has produced so many international stars like Rashidi Yekini, Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, Vincent Enyeama to mention but a few.
The British introduced football to Nigeria in the early twentieth century, and the first football match in the country was played in 1904, and in 1950, the game became a national sport in the country.
The Zik athletics club was created in April 1938 in Lagos, and the center has various types of equipment for various sports like boxing, tennis, and, of course, football, and soon the sports center became the home of African art in the country.
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In order to make the game of football a popular sport among Nigerians, a nationalist newspaper was founded which was named the pilot, and by the end of the second world war the game of football has become not just popular but important among Nigerians.
Finally, in the year 1960, Nigeria officially became a member of the Federation of International Football (FIFA). The Nigeria national football team is being governed by the Nigeria football federation.
Top 10 Richest Footballers In Nigeria
10. ALEX IWOBI
Despite his drop in fitness in recent games, the former Arsenal midfielder and current Everton midfielder is the tenth richest footballer in the country.
Currently, he plays in the position of a winger for Everton football in the English Premier League. He spent four years at Arsenal football club before leaving for Everton.
When Alex Iwobi was at Arsenal football club, his weekly salary was one hundred and fifty-nine thousand, three hundred and eighty-nine pounds after he paid his tax and earned eighty-one thousand, three hundred and one euro at Everton football club.
Alex’s salary in a year is two million and six hundred thousand pounds. A shocking fact about the footballer is that he still lives with his parents in England. His net worth is one billion three hundred million naira.
9. KELECHI IHEANACHO
Kelechi is the ninth richest when it comes to Nigerian footballers in 2021, his net worth is one billion four hundred million naira.
The famous Nigerian footballer plays for Leicester City in the English Premier League. The Nigerian footballer won the under-17 golden boot, which was played in the United Arab Emirates, as he was a key factor for the national team in winning the trophy.
In the previous season, the Nigerian footballer scored twelve goals for his football club. He also won the Premier League footballer of the Month in March. He has made twenty-three appearances for the Nigerian national team and scored a total of seven goals.
8. VICTOR ANICHEBE
The net worth of Victor Anichebe is six billion naira although currently, he doesn’t have a football club he plays for.
After playing for Beijing enterprises in 2017 he became a free agent, he has played for three different clubs in England Everton inclusive for nine years, West Brom for three years and Sunderland for a year.
He has one goal for the Nigeria national team and has appeared eleven times.
7. EMMANUEL EMENIKE
The net worth of Emmanuel Emenike is six billion four hundred million naira. He is currently unemployed and the last club he played for was Westerlo in Belgium that was back in 2019.
He played for various clubs in Europe, namely Spartak Moscow in Russia, Olympiacos in Greece, Fenerbahce in Turkey, and karabokspur in Turkey.
6. AHMED MUSA
Ahmed Musa has a net worth of six billion five million naira, in his career the Nigerian footballer has played two richest countries in the world.
His playing days in Saudi Arabia and Russia have helped to make him the sixth richest Nigerian footballer. When he played for Leicester City, he earned forty-three thousand pounds every week.
At the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Nassr, he was paid sixty thousand pounds weekly. So far, he has played eighty-seven games for the Nigeria national team and has a total of fifteen goals to his name.
He owns various luxury cars, which include a fifty thousand dollar Range Rover Sport that he bought in 2013, a sixty thousand five hundred pound Range Rover Velar in 2018 and a Mercedes Benz G Wagon, which costs a hundred and twenty-seven thousand, six hundred and fifty pounds.
He also owns a hair salon in Kano state which is worth five hundred million naira and a mansion also worth five hundred million naira. Also, he once played for Kano Pillars in Nigeria.
5. VICTOR MOSES
Victor Moses’ net worth is valued at seven billion, three hundred million naira. At Chelsea football club, he played as a winger and also played for various clubs in England like Stoke City, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Wigan Athletic.
In 2019, he signed for Inter Milan in Italy on loan from Chelsea under his then manager at Chelsea Antonio Conte. Currently, he plays for Spartak Moscow in Russia.
4. VINCENT ENYEAMA
Vincent Enyeama was the captain of the Nigerian national team, with a net worth of N10,000,000. While playing at Lille from 2011 to 2018, he amassed 1.8 million euros.
3. ODION JUDE IGHALO
The net worth of the Nigerian footballer is twelve billion naira. Currently, he plays for Al Shabab, a club in Saudi Arabia on loan from Shangai Greenland Shenhua in China.
Later in 2017, he played for Changchun yatalin in 2017 and CSL giants in 2019. He also played on loan at Manchester United and Watford.
2. OBAFEMI MARTINS
His net worth is currently at fourteen billion naira. He plays as a striker for Wuhan Zall in the Chinese Super League.
He started his senior football career at Inter Milan where he netted twenty-eight goals in eighty-eight games before he moved to Newcastle.
When he was with the Seattle Sounders football club, he was the highest-paid player and was the fifth highest-paid player in the United States.
1. JOHN MIKEL OBI
The net worth of Mikel Obi is twenty-three billion naira. He started his career with Plateau United in Nigeria before he joined Lyn in Norway. He later left after two years to sign for Chelsea, where he spent eleven years and made twenty-five appearances for the club.
Since he left Chelsea, he has played for Middleborough in England, Trabzonspor in Turkey, and currently, he plays for Kuwait SC in Kuwait. He also played for the Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in 2017, where he earned 3.5 billion naira every year.
Mikel Obi is the richest footballer in Nigeria.
The list we have compiled only contains Nigerian footballers who still have an active playing career.