Undoubtedly, football is a game of 11 millionaires Vs. 11 millionaires. Nigeria boasts several of such football-made millionaires; but the question now is, who is the richest among them all? That’s what you’ll soon find out: The top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria and their net worth in 2018.
Football is without doubt the most followed and celebrated sport in Nigeria. There’s a huge fan base within the country supporting local and foreign football clubs.
Apart from just spectating and cheering from afar, many young lads now have the ambition to also become soccer stars in future.
Sincerely, you can’t really blame anyone for having such lofty aspirations; when, as a matter of fact, some footballers earn 100 times more than some of the top professors in our country.
And they get to earn all that from kicking a white round ball around the football pitch every match day, in a continuous endless loop. Yeah… after every season comes another. A fresh opportunity to bank several lucrative deals and huge paychecks.
Some of the top footballers have also invested their paychecks into several businesses and real estate properties. Putting all their assets into consideration, we have been able to draw our final list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria, based on Forbes recent estimations.
Without further ado…
These are the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria:
1. John Obi Mikel – $60 million net worth
Mikel John Obi has remained the richest Nigerian football player for a very long time now. The former Chelsea player currently plays for Chinese club, Tianjin TEDA, and earns a whooping for £7.2 per year, which has an equivalence of ₦3.5 billion.
He has several luxurious cars and mansions. His cars include a Range Rover sport, Bentley continental GT, and Mercedes G wagon. Putting all his assets into consideration we have been able to conclude on a net worth in excess of $60 million .
He is currently married to his long-term Russian girlfriend. And together they have two lovely daughters.
2. Obafemi Martins – $35 million net worth
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins, known for his darting run, seats comfortably in 2nd place in our list of top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria. He started the early days of his career in Inter Milan; however, he now plays for a Chinese top-flight club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
He earns a mouth-watering annual salary of €5.8 million; which in naira has an equivalence of 2.5 billion.
Everyone knows clubs in the Chinese league entice their players with huge paychecks; but even before going to the Chinese league Obafemi Martins had played for some top clubs in Europe, and was already one of the highest-paid Nigerians.
Obafemi has several mansions and luxurious cars including a Lamborghini, Porsche Gemballa, BMWX6 and a Ferrari sport car. Putting all his assets and property into consideration we have been able to calculate a net worth in excess of $40 million (₦12 billion).
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3. Odion Ighalo – $30 million net worth
Odion Ighalo played in the EPL a few years back and as at then was still earning enough to compete for the top ten richest Nigerian footballers. But since his move to Chang Chun Yatai, a Chinese top-flight club, his player value has more than doubled.
He was signed for £20 million from Watford, and currently earns a stunning £200,000 ($262,000) per week. In other words, he earns over $1 (₦362 million) per month, which makes him the highest paid Nigerian player. The only thing separating from those at the top is that he has yet to earn that much for many years.
Odion Ighalo has a fleet of some of the latest luxurious cars and several mansions. Putting all his assets and player value into consideration, he has an estimated net worth of $30 million (10.9 billion naira).
4. Vincent Enyeama – $28 million net worth
Vincent Enyeama is like the oldest Nigerian player still in the game. His many years in the game has helped him amass a fortune that’s estimated to be worth in excess of $28 million (₦10.1 billion).
Vincent Enyeama plays as a professional goalkeeper for OSC Lille, in France. He was also a member of the Nigerian national team from 2002 until October 2015, and until his retirement was the most the most capped Nigerian player with 101 matches for the super eagles.
5. Victor Moses – $20 million net worth
Victor Moses is also one of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria, taking 5th place in our list with a net worth in excess of $20 million (7 billion naira).
He currently plays for one of the richest football clubs in the world, Chelsea FC, and earns an incredible £100,000 per week.
Victor Moses has been earning that high for several years now and as a result boasts several luxurious houses and cars. In fact, just his cars are worth over $2 million.
6. Ahmed Musa – $18 million net worth
Ahmed Musa also one of the top 10 richest players in Nigeria. He currently plays as a forward and left winger for Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr after he was signed for a fee reportedly worth £18 million pounds.
Ahmed Musa is not known for lavish spending; in fact he tends to have certain business man traits, an evidence of this is his multi-million naira investment into petroleum business in Kano State.
Putting all his assets into consideration, he is worth an estimated sum of $18 million (6.5 billion naira).
7. Emmanuel Emenike – $18 million net worth
Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike became popular among Nigerians after guiding the Super Eagles to the 2013 AFCON trophy. He is currently a free agent and looking for a club. But before becoming a free agent he plaid for several top clubs where he banked mammoth paycheks for several years.
He is known to own several luxurious properties, including a customized Porsche. Putting all his assets into consideration, his net worth is in excess of $18.
8. Victor Anichebe – $16 million net worth
Victor Anichebe formerly played for Everton and has travelled around the word playing for several European and Asian teams that paid him huge weekly paychecks. Putting all his assets in to consideration, he is estimated to have a net worth of around $16.
He is currently a free agent, but is not retired and may still get signed up in the next couple of transfer windows. Nevertheless, he remains one of the richest players in Nigeria.
9. Kelechi Iheanacho – $4 million net worth
From a boy who couldn’t afford a DSTV subscription to one people now subscribe to paid TV to see in live action in the EPL, Iheanacho’s story and road to success is far from a straight one.
At the moment, he is one of the highest earning footballers in Nigeria with a weekly salary of £100,000. If he keeps his head straight and his game tight, he could go ahead to become the richest footballer in Nigeria one day.
For now, from what he has earned so far from his playing time at Manchester City and Leicester City football clubs, we are estimating a net worth of roughly $4 million.
10. Alex Iwobi – $4 million net worth
Alex Iwobi recently signed a new deal with Arsenal FC that will see him earn around £70,000 per week, placing among the highest earning Nigerian player.
He is nephew to arguably the most popular Nigerian football player Nigeria has ever seen, Jay Jay Okocha.
Alex Iwobi’s estimated net worth is in excess of $4 million (1.5 billion naira).
Final words on the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria
The list is subject to certain percentage errors since all stats are based only on estimations from current assets of players and the amount of money they currently earn on a weekly basis.
Notwithstanding, the estimations above are really very close and should give a clear picture on the gap that exists between home based Nigerian players and their foreign counterparts.
Our list only took note of players who are not retired, so don’t ask why you didn’t see Aiyegbeni, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu and the rest.
As at when this publication was released weekly salaries each players earn was absolutely current; however, some of these players may sign new improved deals. When we notice a substantial change we shall update this publication.