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7 Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018

Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018 – There have been lots of controversy regarding who the Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018 is and shockingly many football analysts have failed in providing us with the accurate figures. What most of them do not understand is that the size of the football club a player plays for actually do not determine the size of the pay of these stars.

The lists we have here regarding the Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018, will shock many because some of these big names do not receive as much as we thought. Even some the biggest and most exciting leagues in the world, actually do not pay as some do pay.

Without wasting much time, lets dive straight into what we have today. Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018.

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  1. kelechi iheanacho

Many may not believe this but this is true. He was formerly playing in the Nigeria league before he eventually moved to Manchester city after the CHAN competition. Currently, he is The highest paid footballer in. Kelechi Iheanacho. He turned highest earning Super Eagles star in the English Premier League, and all of Europe when he penned another two-year contract expansion that will see stay at the Etihad until 2021 but the introduction of Pep Guardiola ended his unsteady reign in that club.As at now, he ply his trade in Leicester city. Kelechi Iheanacho’s salary a week is around £85,000.


No other Nigerian footballer earns as much as this and this the reason he has toppled Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi who for a while has been on the top flight in football with a salary of 70,000 pounds a week. As we all know, Mikel is currently plying his trade for a for Chelsea Football Club.

Well, to be on a subjective side of our reporting, we recently saw an Update which suggests that Mikel now earns £140,000 weekly from his new club Tiajin Teda


According to a recent interview granted us Kelechi, while describing his new improved deal as a “dream come true”, the youngster said he could now “change lives”

Some reports from vanguard said his agent had actually demanded a pay rise following a string of outstanding displays in his 2015/16 breakout year. The proposed pay rise was a 50,000 pounds-per-week deal, which was a massive shift from his former 18,000 pounds-a-week pay when he first joined the club, according to Vanguard


Mike Obil’s former team mate at Stamford Bridge, Victor Moses during his arrival at Chelsea FC  from Wigan Athletic was 50,000 pounds-a-week  that was in 2012. With the hope of a new contract to be offered due to his constant impressive campaigns he has had all through his stay and the being one of the most outstanding player under new Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, a bumper package awaits him.


At a time, Watford striker Odion Ighalo, did turn down a whopping €100,000-a-week deal to the Chinese Super league, and was offered an improved deal on his 25,000 pounds-a-week pay following a contract extension at Vicarage Road. But the following season, he left for the Chinese supper league where he is currently plying his trade and earning over 90.000 pounds a week.

Kelechi a former Golden Eaglet had a salary package at 18,000 pounds-a-week when he first signed for Manchester City Football Club.

Now let’s take a close look at the Costliest signings of Nigerian players (Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018)

Currently, Odion Ighalois the most expensive Nigerian player and currently seat at the top of the Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018. A position formerly held by ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for eleven years after the Blues splashed out €20m to secure his services from Lyn Oslo, with Manchester United also compensated for the sales.

After winning the Premier League, champions Leicester City signed Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi plus Iheanacho for €19.5 million and €17.6 million respectively. In 1997, Nigeria rocky defender Taribo West became the costliest Nigerian defender in history thanks to his €12 million switch from Auxerre to Inter Milan. According to our research work, Victor mosses happens to be the Thirteenth most costly signings for any Nigeria player after he moved to the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2012 from Wigan Athletic for €11.5 million.

Below are the Current Nigerian Transfer Record (Top 20)

1) Odion Ighalo – Watford to Changchun Yatai- €23.3m


2) Obi Mikel – Lyn Oslo to Chelsea – €20m


3) Ahmed Musa – CSKA to Leicester – €19.5m


4) Wilfred Ndidi – Genk to Leicester – €17.6m


5) Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Boro to Everton – €16.5m


6) Obafemi Martins – Inter to Newcastle – €16m


7) Isaac Success – Granada to Watford – €15m


8) Emmanuel Emenike – Spartak to Fenerbahce – €13m


9) Brown Ideye – Dynamo Kiev to WBA – €12.63m


10) Austin Okocha – Fenerbahce to PSG – €12.4


11) Taribo West – Auxerre to Inter – €12m


11) Brown Ideye – Olympiakos to Tianjin Teda – €12m


13) Victor Moses – Wigan to Chelsea – €11.5m


14) Anthony Ujah – Werder to Liaoning FC – €11.5m


15) Obafemi Martins – Newcastle to Wolfsburg – €10.5m


16) Sunday Oliseh – Ajax to Juventus – €10m


17) John Utaka – Rennes to Portsmouth – €10m


18) Peter Odemwingie- Lille to Lok Moscow – €10m


19) Finidi George – Ajax to Real Betis – €10m


20) Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce to Spartak – €10m


I no you may have been wondering why i have decided to take you round corners to before arriving at the very core of the topic which is Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018. Well, i have my reasons for it. It will be very important to have a vivid grip on what you think you know. Now that you have come understand how and why some earn more than others. New contracts, new clubs, new leagues, endorsement deals etc are all factors that have shaped the earnings of these big stars.

In this article, I will be extensively discussing the Top 10 Richest Footballers in Nigeria 2018. Please take note that these athletes might not be the highest-paid Nigerian footballers in terms of their weekly earnings but based on endorsements, salaries and the other fortunes they have garnered so far in their careers, they have been ranked the richest Nigerian footballers at the moment.


  1. John Mikel Obi

Net Worth: $57 Million

State Of Origin: Jos

He is currently the Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018. Mikel Obi, as he is popularly called  began his football career in Nigeria in one of the Pepsi football Academy located in the south west. He is Nigeria’s richest footballer currently.  But as a professional footballer, his career began in Lyon Oslo –a Norwegian football club. In 2005 during the Junior world cup staged in Holland, John Obi Mikel performed remarkably well which earned him an honour as the second most valuable player of the competition second to five time Balon d or winner Lionel Messi followed by Taye Taiwo who currently have gone into oblivion in the footballing world. It was his remarkable performance that earned him his first transfer to an English club Chelsea to be précised.

The Richest Footballers In Nigeria


John Obi Mikel – The Richest Footballers In Nigeria


He spent 10 years in Chelsea and at this time, he was able to amass a massive wealth and incredible recognition as one of the most notable Nigerian footballers across the world. Infact, at a time, he was reumoured to be earning 42 million naira per week at Chelsea. Woah.


Mikel Obi currently ply his trade with Tianjin Teda in China. The Chinese team pays Mike a whopping sum of £8.4 million as annual earnings. No doubt, Mikel is indeed rich and i mean With such a sumptuous salary base, we will all agree that John Mikel Obi is immensely rich. He is married to a Russian woman and they are blessed with a male child. Research into his personal life did suggest that he fancies expensive assets and by reason of this, he possesses a number of colourful cars and also has other assets in Nigeria and London.  He is estimated to net worth of $57 million. This figure places him on our list of Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018


  1. Obafemi Martins

Net Worth: $35 Million

State Of Origin: Lagos

Once regarded as a goal machine and popularly called obagoal, Obafemi Martins is the second Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018. Atage 16, he already have left the shores of Nigeria to pursue his footballing career in Europe where he has played for a number of football clubs. He has played for various clubs and toured the globe too  which includes the likes of Asia, America, and Europe. He has been regarded as the Nigerian footballer with the highest number of clubs played for and this he could achieve due to his club movement in the past 16 years.

Top 10 Richest Footballers in Nigeria


Obafemi Martins – Top 10 Richest Footballers In Nigeria 2018


In America, he played for Seattle Sounder where he was one of the highest paid footballers in the entire league. But just nearly two years ago, Obafemi Martins joined Chinese-based team Shanghai Shenhua. Currently at Shanghai Shenhua, he earns the sum of £8.4 million on a yearly basis. Like is aid before, during his spell at Seattle Sounder, Obafemi Martins was reported to have estimated a net worth of $35 million. With this sum of cash been received on a yearly basis, Martins is our second Richest Footballer in Nigeria 2018. A car freaked person with lots of personalized Lamborghini, he also has an Italian based assets, and Martins owns a number of assets in other places which includes Nigeria, America etc.


  1. Victor Moses

Net Worth: $20.1 Million

State Of Origin: Jos

A former Wigan Athletic player who played as an attacker, Victor Moses is a professional Nigerian footballer who now plays as a winger for both Chelsea FC of England and the Nigeria national team. He has spent 6 years in Chelsea but his Chelsea career have been interrupted with loan spells in several other English clubs like Liverpool and West Ham. He has been seen as a vigorous and diligent footballer who does not lack discipline in anyways at all. His remarkable form was instrumental to Chelsea’s triumph as the EPL champions of 2017, Which gave new boss Anthonie Conte a successful debut season as Chelsea’s manager.


Based on his current salary of about 60.000 pounds on a weekly basis, his net worth is estimated around $20.1 million. Victor Moses doubles up his wealth with some other several endorsement deals like Nike, Adidas and Samsung etc estimated in excess of $1 million on a yearly basis. According to sources close to him, he has lots of assets most of which are landed properties.


  1. Ahmed Musa

Net Worth: $18 Million

State Of Origin:

A versatile attacker who reminds one of Pius Ikedia. AAhmed Musa from a Hausa descent in Nigeria currently ply his trade in Russia with CSK Moscow. He also plays for the Nigerian national football team.  It was not until 2010 he left Nigeria for a Europe to begin an illustrious football career. During the 2016/2017 football season in Europe, Ahmed Musa made a transfer to complete his move from CSKA Moscow to England based Leicester City. But such a decision he later would regret as he failed to impress his new club having played so well in Russian for CSK Moscow. Well, his former club still felt he has a lot to offer and they offered him another deal and the Nigerian star eventually found his way back to CSKA Moscow.


Some later part of his life, Ahmed Musa decided to marry a second wife to make him a polygamous man since his religion permitted him to. But his wife Jamila, objected to this proposed wedding move and afterward the couple divorced each other in April 2017. He is estimated to worth a net worth of $18 million.


  1. Emmanuel Emenike

Net Worth: $18 Million

State Of Origin: Imo State


Emmanuel Emenike is regarded as one of the most prolific footballers Nigeria has ever produced.  Currently, Emmanuel ply his trade in a Turkey based football club Fenerbahce. Well, if you still remember, Emenike was part of the trophy winning team of AFCON 2013. He was instrumental to the Nigerian squad that won that competition in 2013. His physique and the ability to threaten defenders while on the ball has made him a threat to any defender. Recall that he was involved in a racial discrimination incident when some people at his club side identified him as a monkey. Well, he never allowed this to weigh him down neither did he respond negatively to it. He rather gave shocking and funny response implying that next time; they shouldn’t hesitate to identify him as a rich monkey. He is indeed rich because his wealth from his salary and endorsement deals has earned millions of dollars in both properties and investments.  His current net worth is valued to be at about $18 million. He s fun to be with no wonder he is always found in parties with big time musicians.


  1. Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Net Worth: $14.5 Million

State Of Origin: Edo


Yakubu Aiyegbeni hails from Edo state in Nigeria and he is a professional footballer. He is a prolific attacker who has bagged lots of goals and trusts me; you don’t want to mess around him. He has played for numerous clubs across Europe and that have earned him a significant amount of wealth.  In 2017, Yakubu Aiyegbeni became a free agent and this was due to the failure of his former club Leeds united failure to grant him a new contract offer.  During his spell at Everton, he scored 20 goals per season.

At 34 years, he is currently out of contract and may not have a bumper deal again, but still he is worth about $14.5 million. Yakubu Aiyegbeni possesses a number of assets which includes a petrol station and Auchi based hotels located in Edo state his home town.


  1. Victor Anichebe

Net Worth: $11 Million

Place Of Birth: Lagos


Best known for his athletic strength, Victor Anichebe is a professional footballer of Nigerian descent who plays as a striker. Few times he has represented the National team but t did not end in success.  Left Nigeria at a tender young age of 1. Despite his amount of footballing experience in Europe, especially UK, his football career has had no significant impact on the Nigeria national team.


Still remembered in 2013, after a lengthy injury, he was invited to the Nigeria national team but he declined reasons best known to him. 11 caps for the national team and just a goal. At the club level, He has vertically played most of his football in England for clubs like Everton and Sunderland FC.  Anichebe, is currently in a relationship with DJ Cuppy the daughter of a Nigerian billionaire and business mogul Femi Otedola]. Though the knot have not yet been tied. He currently plays for England based side Sunderland and he is estimated to net worth of $11 million.


  1. Vincent Enyeama

Net Worth: $7 Million

State of Origin: Akwa Ibom

Vincent Enyeama, a former goal keeper of the Nigeria national team, is one of Nigeria’s richest footballers we have in Nigeria. He made his national debut during 2002 World Cup hosted by the pair of Korea and Japan. He played his first match against England in a 0 0 match. Ever since then, he has become a mainstream in the goal posts both for his national team and other football clubs across Europe. He helped his former Nigeria based club Eyimba of Aba to two successive CAF champions league.

Vincent earns the total of £1.8 million and his current net worth is estimated around $7 million.


  1. Taye Taiwo

Net Worth: $6.6 Million

State Of Origin: Lagos


In 2005 at the Junior world cup in Holland, Taye Taiwo made his mark and became the third best player of the competition behind messi and compatriot mikel who where the first and second respectively. Taye Taiwo is a professional Nigerian footballer of Yoruba descent. He was known for his agility, speed and shooting prowess as a left wing back. Taye Taiwo began his football career in the Nigerian league playing for teams like Lobi Stars and Gabros FC; he later would secure a move to French league in 2004. Marseille to be precise. It was in Marseille he gained influence and thereupon, he became a household name in the national team bringing an end to the reign of Ifeanyi Udeze. He is estimated to a net worth of $6.6 million.


  1. Osaze Odemwingie

Net Worth: $5.5 Million

Origin: Russian/Nigerian


Osaze Odemwingie Osaze marked his Super Eagles debut at the Korea-Japan World Cup of 2002. From then on, he never looked back again. He always would give his best to the National team whenever he was called upon to do so. He played for the Super Eagles until 2014.


He currently ply his trade with the Liga 1 side Madura United, and he is highly recommended for his football success in the EPL side Westbromwich Albion who recently was relegated. Osaze Odenwingie currently is estimated to a net worth of $5.5 million. Well, football earnings are not just all he gets cash from. He has some endorsement deals with mega brands like Pepsi.

That’s all about The Richest Footballers In Nigeria 2018.

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