Today we will be taking a look at the top 15 richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth. Just like any other country in the world, football is very popular in the country of Nigeria. It is no surprise to see millions of citizens gather around in the cafes to watch football matches and support their favourite Nigerian players. Africa is home to some of the legendary football talents. Nigeria is also an African country and it has produced great football players over the years and some of them have been very talented as footballers. Many Nigerian players have played for some of the great European clubs and earned royalty with them.
The difference in pay between the locally based football players and Europe based football players is mind-blowing and it is one of the reasons Nigeria is home to some of the richest footballers in the world.
So without further ado, let’s get into the topic and find more about the richest Nigerian football players.
15. Victor Osimhen – $2.5 Million
At number 15 on our list of the richest Nigerian footballers, we have Victor Osmihen. The Nigerian international is currently playing as a striker for Italian Serie A club Napoli SSC. Despite his young age of 22 years old, Victor Osmihen is one of the richest Nigerian footballers. His performances in Nigeria attracted the eyes of big European clubs and he was ultimately signed by Napoli for a staggering $50 Million.
A Serie A move can bring lots of money to any football player. A huge rise to the net worth of Victor Osmihen is a living example of the above statement. The total net worth of Odion Ighalo is estimated to be around $2.5 Million.
14. Kelechi Iheanacho – $5 Million
At number 14 on our list of wealthiest football players in Nigeria, we have Kelechi Iheanacho. The young Nigerian international is currently playing as a forward for Premier League club Leicester City. Before Leicester, Iheanacho played for Manchester City and was brought to the club as Sergio Aguero’s backup. However, he couldn’t take his place in the squad following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. He was then sold to Leicester City for about $25 Million. He has scored 7 goals for Leicester City so far.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to Leicester City not only increased his play-time but also the overall net-worth of the player. With a total worth of about $5 Million, Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the richest football players in Nigeria.
13. Peter Odemwingie – $5.5 Million
At number 13 on our list of richest Nigerian footballers in the world, we have Peter Odemwingie. The former Nigerian international was born to a Russian mother and a Nigerian father. He grew up in Uzbekistan and started his football career in Nigeria. Peter has retired from professional football but he still one of the richest football players in Nigeria. Looking back to his playing days, Peter Odemwingie has played for various clubs throughout his career, noticeably Cardiff City FC, West Brom, Stoke City FC, and FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
Peter Odemwingie used to play as either as a winger or as a striker for the various clubs he played for. His current hobbies include playing golf and it is apparent from his social media accounts. The net worth of Peter Odemwingie is estimated to be around $5.5 Million, making him one of the richest football players in Nigeria.
12. Taye Taiwo – $6.6 Million
Taye Ismaila Taiwo is ranked number 12 on our list of some of the richest football players in Nigeria. Taye Taiwo is currently playing as a central defender for United Premier Soccer League club Palm Beach Stars. The Nigerian international has played for various clubs throughout his footballing career, noticeably AC Milan and Dynamo Kyiv. Taiwo started his professional career at Gabros International and his performances for the club attracted many clubs in Europe. Since then, he has earned a great deal of cash.
Taye Taiwo is an extremely talented central defender and is also very wealthy if we talk about his net worth. The 35-year-old is earning about $6.6 Million per year, making him one of the richest Nigerian football players in the world.
11. Alex Iwobi – $7 Million
Alex Iwobi is ranked fourteen on our list of richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth. The Nigerian striker is currently playing as a midfielder for English Premier League club Everton FC. Alex Iwobi is also one of the most popular Nigerian football players. The midfielder started his professional career with Arsenal FC and made 149 appearances for the club while scoring 15 goals in total before moving to Everton. Alex Iwobi also won a FA Cup with Arsenal before moving to Everton FC. He was also included in Nigeria’s squad for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. Alex Iwobi is also the most followed Nigerian player on Instagram.
Iwobi is currently playing for Everton FC and is earning a huge amount of cash as a football player. Alex Iwobi earns $38,000 each week which is about $7 Million per year, making him one of the richest football players in Nigeria.
10. Vincent Enyeama – $7 Million
At number 11 on the Forbes list of richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth, we have Vincent Enyeama. The 38-year-old Nigerian is currently playing as a goalkeeper for the Nigerian national football team. He is currently a free agent as far as club competition is concerned. Vincent Enyeama served the Nigerian national football team from 2002 until 2015 and also captained the team from 2013 until 2015. With 101 caps, Vincent Enyeama is also Nigeria’s most capped player of all time. Until 2015, the Nigerian goalkeeper played for various clubs across Europe including French Club Lille, Sunderland AFC, and Tel Aviv.
Vincent Enyeama is one of the wealthiest football players Nigeria has ever produced. The player’s total assets are estimated to be around $7 Million and he is earning about 1.8 Million Euros per year which is an insane amount. Victor Enyeama is an absolute legend of the sport and a great football player the country of Nigeria has ever produced.
9. Anthony Ujah – $10.3 Million
At rank 11 on the Forbes list of richest Nigerian footballers, we have Anthony Ujah. Anthony Ujah was born in 1990. The 30-year-old Nigerian is currently playing for the German Bundesliga side Football Club Union Berlin. Ujah has also played for FC Mainz 05 before joining Union Berlin. His favoured position is playing as a forward. The forward is also a part of the Nigerian national team.
According to multiple reports and Forbes, Anthony Ujah’s net worth is estimated to be around $10.3 Million, making him one of the wealthiest football players in the country of Nigeria.
8. Victor Anichebe – $14.5 Million
At number 9 on our list of richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth according to Forbes, we have Victor Anichebe. The 32-years-old Nigerian was born in 1988 in Nigeria and started his professional footballing career in 2003. Victor Anichebe recently played as a striker for Beijing Sport University Football Club and at the present moment, he is a free agent without a club. Victor Anichebe has also played in the English Premier League for Everton FC and West Bromwich Albion and was a victim of racial abuse on one occasion. The Former Everton striker believes he was a victim of racial discrimination when a police officer stopped his car while driving in the Merseyside.
“A lot of the times, I am a lot more cool and level-headed but because of everything that is going on I am just tired,” Anichebe expressed his reaction to being stopped by the police.
“They shouldn’t have even pulled me over for starters. I was only coming out of a petrol station [and] they were pulling into the petrol station.
Victor Anichebe was previously approached by police officers in Cheshire while out shopping in 2009 and ultimately received a personal apology from the assistant chief constable, but says he is still in disbelief over the incident.
The 32-years-old Nigerian is also quite popular for his association with Ifeoluwa Otedola, also known as DJ Cuppy. Their separation was as lively as their relationship itself but it did not affect Victor’s financial situation to any extent. The net worth and total assets of Victor Anichebe is estimated to be around $14.5 Million, which makes him one of the wealthiest football players in the country of Nigeria.
7. Yakubu Aiyegbeni – $14.5 Million
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, also known as simply Yakubu, is at number 8 on our list of richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth according to Forbes. He is a former Nigerian international football player and has played as a striker throughout his career. The forward has scored some crucial goals for both the club and national side over the years. The 38-year-old has retired from professional football but his net worth makes him one of the wealthiest Nigerian footballers.
Yakubu started his career as a striker crosswise Europe. He has played for various English clubs over the years including Everton Football Club, Coventry FC, Reading FC, and Blackburn Rovers Football Club. He is without any club at the moment and operating as a free agent. Keeping his age in mind, it seems improbable to see him playing football again. According to Forbes, the net worth of Yakubu Aiyegbeni is estimated to be around $14.5 Million, which makes him one of the top 10 richest Nigerian football players.
6. Emmanuel Emenike – $15.8 Million
At number 7 on the Forbes list of richest Nigerian footballers, we have Emmanuel Emenike. The 33-year-old most recently played as a striker for Belgian club Westerlo. Emenike started his professional football career in 2007. The Nigerian has played for various football clubs throughout his career, noticeably Olympiakos, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbache, and Las Palmas. Emmanuel Emenike was also a part of Nigeria’s squad in the 2013 African Cup of Nations, that Nigeria won. The striker scored some crucial goals on their way to clinching the title.
Emmanuel Emenike has been a victim of racial abuse in Greece and Russia where he played for Olympiakos and Spartak Moscow, respectively. The player experienced bigotry while playing for Spartak. But that did not stop him securing the bag, as his total net worth today is about $15.8 Million, making him one of the richest Nigerian footballers in the world.
5. Ahmed Musa – $18 Million
Ahmed Musa is at number 6 on the list of richest Nigerian footballers and their net worth according to Forbes in 2020. The young Nigerian is arguably the most talented footballer in Nigeria and he has helped the Nigerian national team on several occasions on the big stage. Ahmed Musa plays as a left-winger for the Nigerian national team. He is currently playing for the Saudi Arabian side called Al-Nassr. The young Nigerian international holds the record of being the only Nigerian to score twice in a single match in the FIFA World Cup. He also holds the record for being the first and only Nigerian to score twice in a match in two different World Cups in 2014 and 2018.
Ahmed Musa has also made appearances for English club Leicester City and CSKA Moscow. The total net worth of young Ahmed Musa according to Forbes is about $18 Million.
4. Victor Moses – $25 Million
At number 5 on our list of wealthiest Nigerian football players and their net worth, we have Victor Moses. Moses was born in 1990 in the city of Lagos and he is among a few of the young players on this list. The Nigerian international started his professional football career in 2001 as a Crystal Palace player. Victor Moses has played as a winger or wing-back for various clubs especially in England, noticeably Crystal Palace, Chelsea FC, Wigan, and Stoke City FC. However, Moses is a popular figure in Chelsea as he played an important in their Premier League title victory.
Victor Moses is currently on loan at Inter Milan from Fenerbache. He helped the Milan club to come runner up in the Italian Serie A in his first season with the club. Over the years, Victor Moses’ net worth and salary have remained intact and currently, his net worth is about $25 Million, making him one of the richest Nigerian footballers.
3. Obafemi Martins – $41 Million
Next up on our list of top 5 richest Nigerian footballers, we have Obafemi Martins. Born in 1984, Obafemi is one of the legendary footballers Nigeria has produced over the decades. The Nigerian international is currently playing for the Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall as a center forward. He is popular for his speed on the ball. Obafemi Martins has played for various clubs throughout his career but his spell with Inter Milan is the most memorable. Martins was very successful at the club as he helped the team win the Serie A, the Italian Cup, and the Italian Super Cup as well. The forward scored 28 goals for Inter Milan before moving to Premier League. In England, Obafemi Martins played for Newcastle United FC and Birmingham City FC. He has also played for other clubs like Wolfsburg, Levante, and Rubin Kazan.
The move to different football clubs over the years has not affected the net worth of the Nigerian legend. According to Forbes, the net worth of Obafemi Martins is estimated to be around $41 Million.
2. Odion Ighalo – $43 Million
At number 2 on our list of the richest Nigerian footballers, we have Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian international is currently playing as a striker for English Premier League club Manchester United. Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese Super League. Ighalo scored 3 goals in his first three appearances for the Red Devils and has played an important role for the club ever since his arrival.
A Premier League move can bring lots of money to any football player. A huge rise to the net worth of Odion Ighalo is a living example of the above statement. The total net worth of Odion Ighalo is estimated to be around $43 Million.
1. Mikel Obi – $60 Million
So, to finally answer the question about who is the richest Nigerian footballer presently? John Mikel Obi is the richest footballer in Nigeria in 2021 Forbes. With a net worth of $60 Million in 2021 according to Forbes, John Mikel Obi is the current richest Nigerian football player. Mikel Obi is currently playing as a defensive midfielder for English club Stoke City FC. In past, Mikel Obi has played for various clubs including Chelsea FC and his local club Plateau United. His best moments came with Chelsea where he won 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 1 Champions League titles, and 1 Europa League title. He is arguably the most successful Nigerian football player. Mikel Obi is also the richest Nigerian footballer.
Full List of Richest Nigerian Footballers
|Rank||Player Name||Current Club||Net Worth|
|1||Mikel Obi||Stoke City FC||$60 Million|
|2||Odion Ighalo||Manchester United||$43 Million|
|3||Obafemi Martins||Wuhan Zall||$41 Million|
|4||Victor Moses||Inter Milan||$25 Million|
|5||Ahmed Musa||Al-Nassr||$18 Million|
|6||Emmanuel Emenike||Westerlo||$15.8 Million|
|7||Yakubu Aiyegbeni||Free Agent||$14.5 Million|
|8||Victor Anichebe||Free Agent||$14.5 Million|
|9||Anthony Ujah||Union Berlin||$10.3 Million|
|10||Vincent Enyeama||Free Agent||$7 Million|
|11||Alex Iwobi||Everton||$7 Million|
|12||Taye Taiwo||Palm Beach Stars||$6.6 Million|
|13||Peter Odemwingie||Free Agent||$5.5 Million|
|14||Kelechi Iheanacho||Leicester City||$5 Million|
|15||Victor Osmihen||Napoli SSC||$2.5 Million|