Football is a game that is very popular in the country and Nigeria has a lot of footballers. This article talks about the richest footballers in Nigeria and their net worth. Football unites continents and nations. The governing body of football in the world is the Federal of International Football Association (FIFA) while the governing body of football in Nigeria is the Nigerian Football Federation. Billions follow football matches across the world. The list here shows the richest footballers in Nigeria 2019 including their net worth.
1) Austin Jay-Jay Okocha
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is a very popular footballer in Nigeria. He is a legend of football and is among the footballers that are more popular in Africa. Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’ birth was on the 14th August 1973 in the coal city state of Enugu. He played the position of the attacking midfielder for the national team of the Super Eagles and played for Bolton Wanderers which is a team of the English Premier League. He was the captain of the national team for years before his retirement. Jay-Jay was a playmaker and plays like Ronaldinho. His net worth is up to $150 million.
2) Kanu Nwankwo
Kanu Kwankwo is a Nigerian player who is very famous and he is among the most successful footballers in the continent of Africa. His birthday was on the 1st August, 1976 in the city of Owerri in Imo State. Kanu Nwankwo is a native of Abia State in the South East but grew up in Owerri where he started his football career with a club in the Nigerian league which is the Federation Works before his movement to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Kanu Nwankwo performed well in the FIFA U-17 World Championships after which Ajax signed him.
It was in 1994 that he started planning for Ajax where he scored up to 25 goals and made 54 appearances. He is now retired. Kanu Nwankwo played for the national team, Portsmouth and Arsenal. His net worth is $100 million.
3) John Mikel Obi
John Mikel Obi plays for the English club known as Middleborough and the national team of Nigeria where he played the position of a defensive midfielder. He played for Chelsea. His birthday was on the 22nd of April in 1987 in Jos of Plateau State. He is a native of Abia State and started his career when he was 12 after he was picked by the Pepsi Football Academy. He played for Plateau United and became famous in the FIFA Under-17 World Championships. He played in the FIFA World Youth Championships in Finland. His net worth is $50 million.
4) Obafemi Martins
He is among the best goal scorers of Nigeria. His birthday was on the 28th of October in the year 1984 inside Lagos. He played for the national team of Nigeria and played for the English league and for Series A. Obafemi Martins played for Inter Milan and for Shanghai Greenland Shenshua. He played for many clubs in the Italian league. His senior career started in Inter Milan where he played many matches. He joined New Castle in the year 2006. His net worth is up to $35 million.
5) Yakubu Aiyebegbeni
He played in the international stage and played for the Nigerian team. His birthday was on the 22nd of November 1982 inside Benin City in Edo State. He began his football career in Julius Berger, a club in Lagos and played in the Premier League of Nigeria. He later went to play for Gil Vicente which is a Portuguese club. He performed well in the UEFA champions league in Maccabi Haifa where he got a loan to move to Portsmouth after the team was promoted in the Premier League in 2003.
He appeared in up to 250 matches and played for Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, Everton and Middlesbrough. He scored up to 96 goals and is the third highest goal scorer for Nigeria. His net worth is $14.5 million.
6) Victor Moses
Victor plays in the international arena and for national team of Nigeria. He played for Chelsea and is an outstanding footballer. His birthday is the 12th of December, 1990 and he grew up in Lagos. He travelled out of the country at 11 to the UK where he went to school and joined a football club. He played for Cosmos FC and later for Crystal Palace. He is a famous football in Nigeria with a net worth of $14 million.
7) Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa plays in the English Premier League and the Nigerian national team. His club is Leicester City and he is among the best players in the country. His birthday was the 14th of October, 1992 inside Jos in Plateau State. He is the first player in the country to score more than one goal in a FIFA World Cup match after he scored against the South America country, Argentina. He scored 2 straight goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Iceland. He began his career with GBS Academy in Jos. He played for JUTH FC and scored up to 4 goals in 2 season. His net worth is $13.5 million.
8) Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho plays for the national and international teams. He plays for Leicester City and the national team of Nigeria and is among the best players of Nigeria. His birthday was on the 3rd of October 1996 in Imo State. Kelechi Iheanacho’s birthday was in Imo state. He played for the Taye Academy in Imo state within the Southeast. He performed well in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 and a lot of clubs came for him. The clubs are Porto, Sporting Club de Portugal and Arsenal. He joined Manchester City in 2014. He won the award of the Confederation of African Football. His net worth is $12 million.
9) Alex Iwobi
He is among the best players in Nigeria and he plays for the national team and for the English Premier League. He is among the best players and the most successful. His birthday is on the 3rd of May, 1996 in Lagos. He is a nephew to Jay-Jay Okocha and his place of birth is Lagos. He joined Arsenal and played the first match in the league against West Bromwich Albion on the 25th of September 2019. He played in the Champions League and is among the best players in the national team. His net worth is $10 million.
10) Osaze Odemwingie
Osaze is a football legend born on the 15th July, 1981 in Russia. His childhood was in Russia. He started his career in the Nigerian league where he played for Bendel Insurance. He scored up to 19 goals and made up to 53 appearances between 2000 and 2002. Osaze plays for Madura United in Indonesia. He played for CSKA Moscow and KAMAZ in Russia. He spent time with Racines before playing professionally. His net worth is $8 million.