Top 10 richest Nigerian footballers in 2020

Top ten richest Nigerian footballers in 2020
Ernest Sunday

Nigerian football has developed in recent years with some players from the country playing in different European countries, Asia and with many earning a huge amount of money at their various football clubs.

Let us look at the richest Nigerian footballers in 2020, their networth and others. The list contains only footballers who are still active in their football career with their salaries and assets.

1. John Obi Mikel with a net worth of ₦23 billion

John Mikel Obi is the richest Nigerian footballer with a net worth of around 23 billion naira

Mikel Obi is a midfielder who started his football career in Nigerian local football team Plateau United before joining Lyn Football club in Norway in 2014.

After two years at Norway, Mikel Obi joined English club Chelsea and spent eleven years at the London club where he earned lots of money before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017 where he receives over 3.6 billion nairas on an annual basis.

In his time at Chelsea, Mikel was a crucial part of the club's squad that won the 2009 Premier League Cup, he made 25 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in that year.

Since leaving China, Mikel has played three different clubs including Middlesbrough in the English Championship, Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League and currently stoke city in the English Championship.

Mike Obi has earned 91 caps in the Nigerian national team. Adding to his weekly salaries, Mikel obi earns a big amount of money from different endorsements in Nigeria.

In addition to his salaries, Mikel owns a house in the United Kingdom. He also owns a collection of cars including Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes G Wagon, Range Rover Sport and a Black Mercedes G 500. 

2. Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins with a net worth of ₦14 billion

Obafemi Martins is the second richest Nigerian football player

Martins is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Wuhan Zall in the Chinese Super League.

Martins started his senior football career at Inter Milan, Italy where he spent five years and scored 28 goals in 88 appearances before moving to England to play for Newcastle.

Martins joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in 2016 where he earned a lot of money to increase his net worth, earning 2.4 billion nairas annually.

At Seattle Sounders FC in the Major League Soccer, he was the highest ever paid player for Seattle Sounders and was the fifth highest-paid player in the US major league soccer earning $1,600,000; $1,620,000; $2,400,000, consecutively for three years.

Martins earned 42 caps for the Nigerian National team and scored 18 goals for the country.

As a popular footballer, Martins also has some lots of endorsements in Nigeria that fetches him a huge amount of money.

The striker has Mercedes Benz SLR Mc Laren worth N367, 964,761, Mercedes Benz G-class worth N112, 542, 500, Lamborghini Aventador costing N162, 000, 000, Bentley Bentayga costing N114, 450, 000 and Ferrari Spider costing N110 million.

Adding to his cars Martins owns a mansion located at VGC, Lekki, Lagos valued at N500 Million, and a mansion in Como, Italy valued at N800 Million.

3. Manchester United's Odion Jude Ighalo with a net worth of ₦12 billion

Odion Ighalo is the third richest Nigerian footballer, who currently plays for Manchester United

Ighalo is a Nigerian striker who plays for English top club Manchester United. He is on a six-month loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese Super League.

Ighalo played for Watford in the English Premier League in 2016 and 2017 where he scored 19 goals for the club. His salary at Watford was 45,000 pounds per week.

Ighalo later moved to Chinese club Changchun Yataiin 2017 and then moved on to the CSL giants Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in 2019.

The striker earned 35 caps in Nigeria's national team and scored 16 goals so far.

Ighalo built an Orphanage home in Ijegun, Ajegunle worth N500 million in December 2017 where he was raised as a child.

Ighalo currently earns 150,000 pounds per week at Manchester United and also the same amount from his club in China who completes his 300,000 pounds a week salary.

Ighalo earns 8,000 pounds every time he scores for Manchester United, 9,000 pounds for every game he is involved in, and 3,000 pounds for draws according to unverified sources.

Ighalo built a mansion located in the Lekki, Lagos. He owns several cars, including a 15 million Naira range rover sport and 32 million Naira Mercedes Benz G wagon. 

4. Vincent Enyeama with a net worth of ₦10 billion

Former Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is the fourth richest Nigerian footballer at a Net worth of 10 billion Nairas

Enyeama is a former Nigerian goalkeeper who played for Lille from 2011 to 2018. He is the most capped Nigerian player having played for the Super Eagles from 2020 to 2015 before he announced his retirement from international duty.

He was once the captain of the national team.

While playing for Lille, Enyeama was on a huge amount of salary worth around 1.8 million Euros annually. The goalkeeper owns a Mercedes Benz G-class coupe worth N25 million, and also a Range Rover Evogue worth N19.4 million.

Enyeama also has a big mansion in Lagos where he lives with his family.

5. Chelsea's Victor Moses with a net worth of ₦7.3 billion

Victor Moses is the fifth richest Nigerian footballer with a net worth of around 7.3 billion nairas

Victor Moses plays as a winger for London club Chelsea. He has represented many English clubs including Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.

In the 2019 season, Moses joined Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea under his former manager Antonio Conte.

Moses earned his first salary worth 2.5 million pounds at Crystal Palace. He went further to sign a five-year contract with Chelsea, which worth 3.9 million pounds annually.

On his loan move to Inter Milan in 2019, Moses earned a weekly salary of $100,000. Moses' personal investment, according to reports, is over $12 million net worth.

Moses owns different cars including Mercedes Benz AMG G63  worth N66,586,860, Aston Martin valued at N56, 573, 540, Ford Edge worth N13, 562,150, BMW i8  worth N63, 935, 850 and Ferrari  458 Italia worth N141,433,850.

Moses has a three-bedroom flat at Lekki Lagos State Nigeria worth over worth N250 million.

 6. Ahmed Musa with a net worth of ₦6.5 billion

Ahmed Musa is the sixth richest Nigerian football player with a net worth of around 6.5 billion nairas

Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays in Saudi Arabia for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Professional League. Musa has represented different clubs in Europe including VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, CSKA Moscow in Russia and Leicester City in England.

During his time in England, Musa earned a weekly salary of $43,000 and currently, he earns a weekly salary of 60,000 pounds.

Musa has earned 91 caps in the Nigerian national team and scored 15 goals.

Musa owns different expensive cars including a Range Rover Sport worth $50,000 which he bought in 2013, A Range Rover Velar worth $60,500 bought in 2018 and a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon worth $127,650.

The winger also owns a mansion in Nigeria worth N500 million and a barbing saloon in Kanu worth N500 million.

7. Emmanuel Emenike with a net worth of ₦6.4 billion

Emmanuel Emenike is the 7th richest Nigerian football player with a net worth of around 6.4 billion nairas

Emenike is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker but currently unemployed after playing for Belgium club Westerlo in the 2019 season. He was a crucial part of the Super Eagles squad that won the African Cup of Nation in 2013.

Playing for different clubs in Europe including Karabükspor in Turkish Super League, Spartak Moscow in Russia, Fenerbahçe in Turkey and Olympiacos in Greece has made Emenike earn a huge amount of salaries.

Emenike owns two cars including Mercedes Benz G Wagon worth ₦45 million, and a Range Rover Sport. He also own multi-million dollar worth of luxury homes in Dubai, London, and of course his homeland, Nigeria.

8. Victor Anichebe with a net worth of ₦6 billion

Victor Anichebe is the eight richest footballers in Nigeria

Victor Anichebe is a Nigerian professional footballer that plays as a striker, but he is currently a free agent after playing for Beijing Enterprises in 2017.

Victor Anichebe has played in three different clubs in England including Everton for nine years, West Bromwich Albion for three years and spent just one year in Sunderland.

Playing in England has made Anichebe acquire a lot of wealth and also playing in China has made him increase his ranking as one of the richest footballers in Nigeria.

Anichebe owns a white Mercedes Benz G Wagon worth ₦42 million and he is currently building a big mansion worth a huge amount of money in his home town Anambra State Nigeria.

9. Kelechi Iheanacho with a net worth of ₦1.4 billion

Kelechi Iheanacho is the ninth richest footballers in Nigeria, and the youngest in the list

Iheanacho is a Nigerian professional footballer that plays as a striker for English club Leicester City and has two years remaining in his contract at Leicester City. He played for English giants Manchester City for two years.

Currently, Iheanacho earns a weekly salary of 115,000 pounds. During his two years in Manchester City, he earned a weekly salary of 85,000 pounds, making him gain his position as one of the richest young footballers in Nigeria.

Iheanacho owns a big mansion in Manchester worth over N8 million, and he is also currently building a big Mansion in Lagos state Nigeria.

10. Alex Iwobi with a net worth of ₦1.3 billion

Alex Iwobi is the tenth richest footballer in Nigeria

Iwobi is a Nigerian professional footballer that plays as a winger for Everton in the English Premier League. He was part of Arsene Wenger's squad in Arsenal during his time at the club where he spent four years.

At Arsenal, he earned a weekly salary of 159,389 pounds after paying his tax and currently earns a weekly salary of 81,301 Euros in Everton. Iwobi's annual salary is 2.6 million pounds.

Iwobi owns different cars including matching cars he bought for himself and his ex-girlfriend Clarisse Juliette, a Mercedes Convertible and BMW Convertible.

Iwobi currently lives with his parents in England.

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