Top Richest Footballers In Nigeria

We bring to you the latest list of the top richest footballers in Nigeria 2021, the top 15. Football is no doubt one of the most lucrative professions around the world, and as such, players who partake in the sport are compensated on an astronomical scale.

Most of these richest Nigerian footballers sign lucrative contracts where they are paid on a weekly basis.

It is usually seen as excessive and that the work put in by these footballers does not correspond to the salaries they get paid. Many of them are also paid in terms of image rights and merchandise.

In some of the top football leagues around the world, we find some Nigerian football players who have been able to cement their status in their respective clubs.

By plying their trade in these top clubs, these also earn enormous salaries and bonuses for their performance in these clubs.

No wonder, their die-hard fans rush to any of the top betting sites in Nigeria, to place a bet that the team of their favorite Nigerian soccer player will win.

This brings us to the question of who are the richest footballers in Nigeria?

In this article, we will take you through a list of some of the most successful and highest-paid footballers in Nigeria which the nation has produced over the years.

The list of richest footballers in Nigeria is ranked according to the total net worth of each of the players represented.

Come with us as we explore this exciting list of rich, football superstars in Nigeria.

Top 15 Richest Footballers In Nigeria 2021

RankRichest Nigerian FootballersEstimated Net Worth
#1Mikel Obi$60 million
#2Odion Ighalo$43 million
#3Obafemi Martins$41 million
#4Victor Moses$25 million
#5Ahmed Musa$18 million
#6Emmanuel Emenike$15.8 million
#7Victor Anichebe$15 million
#8Yakubu Aiyegbeni$14 million
#9Anthony Ujah$10 million
#10Vincent Enyeama$7.5 million
#11Taye Taiwo$7.2 million
#12Alex Iwobi$7 million
#13Peter Osaze$6 million
#14Kelechi Iheanacho$5 million
#15Victor Osimhen$2.5 million

15. Victor Osimhen Net Worth: $2.5 Million

Richest Footballers In Nigeria - Victor Osimhen
  • Name: Victor Osimhen
  • Date of Birth: 29th December 1998
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin:  Edo state
  • Transfer worth: €50 million
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: Marc Vivien Foe Prix 2020

Despite still at the tender age of 22, the presence of Victor Osimhen on this list of richest footballers in Nigeria is somewhat shocking, and at the same time, outstanding.

Osimhen kicked off his football career here in Nigeria to become one of the hottest prospects in Europe.

His talent and potential cannot be denied, which is why Napoli made a swift move to acquire his signature for a staggering fee of €50 million with some add-ons inserted in his contract.

Osimhen first came to light due to his wonderful performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. After the tournament, he subsequently signed for Wolfsburg.

At this club, things didn’t really turn out according to plan and he ended up going on loan to Charleroi in Belgium.

It was at this club he rediscovered his form as a striker, earning a move to Lille. His first full game for Lille was a bang, scoring two goals.

From then, he never looked back and his performances finally saw him moved in a record deal to Napoli.

14. Kelechi Iheanacho Net Worth: $5 Million

Kelechi Iheanacho net worth
  • Name: Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Date of Birth: October 3rd, 1996
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Abia state
  • Transfer worth: €20 million
  • Marital Status: Single

Kelechi is another young gun who once plied his trade with Manchester City, one of the richest football clubs in the world.

He emerged through the club’s youth system to become a number 9 at the club, though he was a backup striker to Aguero.

His limited game time due to the arrival of another striker in Gabriel Jesus led to him departing the club for Leicester city in a deal that cost Leicester up to £25 million.

Until his move to Leicester City, Kelechi’s goal per game ratio in the English premier league was the best, averaging a goal per game.

His move to Leicester not only improved his chances of playing football but also significantly increased his net worth.

His time at Leicester City has been successful so far, scoring 7 goals in as many appearances.

Still, Iheanacho has a lot to give with age on his side, as well as earn in order to climb this list of richest Nigerian footballers.

13. Peter Osaze Odemwingie Net Worth: $6 Million

Richest Footballers in Nigeria - Peter Osaze Odewinge
  • Name: Peter Osaze Odemwingie
  • Date of Birth: July 15th, 1981
  • Role-Playing: Winger, Forward
  • State of Origin: Aviation state
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: Premier League Player of the month

Peter’s career is quite popular on the national level than his club career, even though he was successful on both grounds.

The Russian and Uzbekistan-born player started out his professional footballing career back in Nigeria with Bendel Insurance in the Nigerian Premier League as a Striker/Winger.

After a brief time at the club, he swiftly moved to Belgium before finally switching to Lille in France.

It was at Lille where he first caught the attention of a lot of clubs in Europe where he scored 26 goals for the club.

CSKA Moscow was the club that was able to tempt him from the club with a lucrative contract. After a string of exciting performances for CSKA, he was subject to a transfer to West Bromwich Albion.

This move saw him earn a fortune since the Premier League is the most lucrative league around the world. He continued his good form in England also, winning a total of 3 Player of the month awards at the club.

Peter’s football career can be described as a Journeyman career playing for more than 4 clubs after West Brom, earning a whole lot from contracts and endorsements.

12. Alex Iwobi Net Worth: $7 Million

Alex Iwobi net Worth
  • Name: Alexander Iwobi
  • Date of Birth: 3rd May 1996
  • Role-Playing: Winger
  • State of Origin: Delta state
  • Transfer worth: €30 million
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: CAF Youth player of the year, CAF Team of the year

Iwobi has once deemed a youth player with superstar potential after emerging from the Arsenal Football Club academy in flying colors.

Till date however, he has failed to live up to his superstar billing at the club. This led the club to sell him to Everton in a deal worth £28 million.

During his time at Arsenal, he appeared in a total of 100 matches for the club between 2015-19 scoring 11 goals in the process.

A series of inconsistencies in performance led to his departure from the club in the summer of 2019.

After joining Everton, in the English Premier Leauge, one of the best Football Leagues in the world, Iwobi has shown glimpses of the things he’s capable of exhibiting. His contract is however valid, earning him enough to have a place on this list of richest footballers in Nigeria.

11. Taye Taiwo Net Worth: $7.2 Million

Taye taiwo net worth
  • Name: Taye Taiwo
  • Date of Birth: April 16th, 1985
  • Role-Playing: Left-back
  • State of Origin: Ogun state
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Award: Third best player of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Taye Taiwo is one of the most traveled footballers on this list of richest footballers in Nigeria with a career spanning almost two decades.

So far, he has plied his trade in almost every continent in the world. Anywhere football is played, Taye has been there.

Taye’s talent was first spotted during the FIFA U-20 World cup in the Netherlands which featured the likes of Lionel Messi, one of the top 20 richest soccer players in the world, Di Maria, and Mikel Obi.

Taye Taiwo was awarded as the third best player for the tournament, coming in behind Lionel Messi and Mikel Obi.

After the tournament, he swiftly signed for Olympique Marseille in the French Ligue 1. Taiwo was well known for his spectacular shot power with his left foot, which leaves most goalkeepers for dead.

He was also a free-kick specialist, scoring numerous worldies from long range. Throughout his time at Marseille, he scored a total of 17 goals in the 192 appearances between 2005-2011 when he joined Marseille for a new challenge.

While his net worth massively increased as a result of the move, his playing time completely plummeted after appearing in only 4 games for AC Milan.

10. Vincent Enyeama Net Worth: $7.5 Million

Richest Footballers in Nigeria -Vincent Enyeama
  • Name: Vincent Enyeama
  • Date of Birth: 29th August 1982
  • Role-Playing: Goalkeeper
  • State of Origin: Akwa Ibom
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: CAF Champions League Player of the year 2003 and 2004, Isreal Footballer of the year 2009, Prix Marc Vivienne Foe 2014, Goal Nigeria player of the year.

Enyeama is one of the legendary Nigerian international who represented the Nigerian national team for 13 years between 2002-15.

Enyeama is well known for his flexibility and agility in goal, a characteristic that helps him keep a host of shots out of the net.

Though he was very popular on a national level, his club career was not so popular until he made a move from Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel to Lille.

While at Lille, all attention was on him as he replaced another legendary goalkeeper at the club. During his time at Lille, he set a record of the most consecutive clean sheets at the club, not conceding a goal for 11 consecutive games.

He also came just a game short of braking the clean sheet record in Ligue 1. The contract which mostly boosted his net worth to become closer on the top list of the richest footballers in Nigeria was terminated mutually by both the club and Vincent.

9. Anthony Ujah Net Worth: $10 Million

Richest Footballers In Nigeria - Anthony Uja
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  • Name: Anthony Ujah
  • Date of Birth: October 14th, 1990
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Benue
  • Transfer worth: €2 million
  • Marital Status: Single

Despite not playing for any of the top clubs he joins, Ujah always did his best to make enough earnings through his hard work for the respective teams he played for.

Launching his football career from his roots here in Nigeria, Anthony progressed rapidly to become wanted by a host of clubs in Europe.

Ujah eventually decided to join Lillestrom on a four years contract. This contract was the foundation on which Ujah built his net worth.

After his hot scoring streak for the club, Ujah was subject to a transfer to Mainz the following summer.

The poor streak which saw Mainz in a relegation battle at the end of the season forced him to move to FC. Koln on loan.

He returned to Mainz, played in Liaoning in China, and returned to the German Bundesliga a year later to Union Berlin.

Most of the contracts he signed with these clubs earned him enough to have a place on this list of richest footballers in Nigeria.

8. Yakubu Aiyegbeni Net Worth: $14 Million

Yakubu Aiyegbeni net worth
  • Name: Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  • Date of Birth: 22nd November 1982
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Ogun state
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards:

Next on the list of the top richest footballers in Nigeria is Yakubu Aiyebbeni. Yakubu was known by his nickname as ‘Yak’ is popular among the Nigerian populace for all the wrong reasons.

This is because of his awful howler he made against South Korea in an important qualifying game in the 2010 world cup.

Despite the many ups and downs of his career, he still earned a fortune from it.

He is also one of the best goalscorers who have ever graced the Nigerian national team coming third with a total of 21 goals in 57 appearances for his dear country.

Speaking of his club career which earned him enough to be among richest Nigerian footballers, Yak started his football career in the grassroots level before finally moving abroad to make a great career, as well as earnings for himself.

For Portsmouth, he scored 36 goals in 78 appearances, 25 goals in 73 appearances for Middlesborough, 25 goals in 82 appearances for Everton, 11 goals in 20 appearances for Leicester city, 17 goals in 30 appearances for Blackburn rovers, 24 goals in 43 appearances for Guangzhou Evergrande in China, and a few other clubs in his journeyman career.

7. Victor Anichebe Net Worth: $15 Miillion

Victor Anichebe
  • Name:  Victor Anichebe
  • Date of Birth: April 23rd, 1988
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Anambra
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married

Victor Anichebe is one of the few Nigerians that started out their career from the youth system of top clubs in Nigeria.

He started out well with the Everton first team, pulling strings of wonderful performances for the club until he received a bad tackle from Kevin Nolanup in a league game.

This terrible tackle ended his game on the night, as well as kept him out for up to a year. These sorts of injuries are career-ending, and as such, he opted to sue Nolan for damages.

They decided to settle out of court and he returned to play for his beloved football club. Victor never remained the same after he returned from the Injury.

After scoring just 18 goals in 131 appearances for the club, he was deemed surplus to requirements and sold to Westbrom.

Victor earned what he could at Westbrom as he made 55 appearances and scored 6 goals for the club.

Next, he moved to Sunderland where he scored just 3 goals in 18 appearances before finally settling in Beijing Enterprise in China.

His weekly salary at China earned him more than he had throughout his career. This helped boost his net worth massively and earned a position among the richest footballers in Nigeria.

6. Emmanuel Emenike Net Worth: $15.8 Million

Richest Nigerian Footballers -Emmanuel Emenike
  • Name:  Emmanuel Emenike
  • Date of Birth: 10th May 1987
  • Role-Playing: Winger
  • State of Origin: Delta state
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married

Emenike is fondly remembered for the massive role he played in helping the Nigerian national team clinch the 2013 African cup of Nations which was held in South Africa.

His contribution for the national team during that period was unmatched by anyone on the team said at the time.

It can be said that his national team career was more glamorous than his club career, which saw him move from Delta Force of Delta State, one of the richest states in Nigeria, to a club in South Africa named Mpumalanga black aces.

After spending a year at the cub, he left for Karabukspor in the Turkish premier division.

It was during his time her that he got the attention of moderate clubs in Europe.

He was bought by Fenerbache in the summer of 2011, but couldn’t get to feature for the club due to a match-fixing problem with the club.

He was subsequently sold to CSKA Moscow in Russia. Currently, Emenike is without a club, but his net worth already earns him a place among the richest footballers in Nigeria.

5. Ahmed Musa Net Worth: $18 Million

Ahmed Musa
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  • Name: Ahmed Musa
  • Date of Birth: October 14th, 1992
  • Role-Playing: Winger
  • State of Origin: Jos
  • Transfer worth: €13 million
  • Marital Status: Married

Ahmed Musa is the 5th richest footballer in Nigeria. He is a record holder as a Nigerian International footballer after he registered two goals in a world cup match in 2014.

He also holds the record for the 1st Nigerian to have a double in two different world cup tournaments both in 2014 and 2018.

He was also among the team which won the 2013 edition of the African cup of Nations. His national team records are things that many Nigerian footballers are envious of achieving.

His club career has also been nothing short of great, despite starting off from a domestic level.

He reached the peak of his football career when he turned out appearances for Leicester city after a transfer from CSKA Moscow. He is currently playing for a Saudi Arabian side called Al-Nassr.

4. Victor Moses Net Worth: $25 Million

Richest Footballers In Nigeria - Victor Moses
  • Name: Victor Moses
  • Date of Birth: December 12th, 1990
  • Role-Playing: Wing Back
  • State of Origin: Kaduna
  • Transfer worth: €15 million
  • Marital Status: Single

Victor Moses is a very popular figure among Chelsea faithfuls after helping the club to the English premier league title while at the club as a right wing-back.

Victor Moses’ football career took off in a very slow manner after playing for football clubs including Crystal Palace, Wigan, Stoke, West ham before going on to become a hit at Chelsea.

One good aspect of his moves to different clubs is his earnings which remained intact throughout those moves.

Victor Moses is currently on loan at Inter Milan after moving on loan to the club from Fenerbache in the summer of 2019.

He helped Inter Milan finish runner up to title winners Juventus at the end of the season. Someone with such a successful career and International level is deserving to be among the top richest footballers in Nigeria.

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3. Obafemi Martins Net Worth: $41 Million

Obafemi Martins net worth
  • Name: Obafemi Martins
  • Date of Birth: October 28th, 1984
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Lagos
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Awards: CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2003, 2004, Chinese FA top Goalscorer

Obagoal is one of the footballing legends which Nigeria has produced in the past 2 decades.

He is best remembered for his time at Inter Milan as a speedster and forward who loves driving with the ball close to his feet.

His time at the club was so successful as he won the Italian Serie A, Italian Cup, as well as the Italian Super Cup. After spending 5 years at the club with 28 goals, he left the club for Newcastle in the English premier league where he spent another 3 years.

After his time at Newcastle, his career turned into something of a tour around the world. He played for numerous clubs such as Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham, Levante, Seattle Sounders, and so on.

His net worth is solid and obviously he is one of the richest footballers in Nigeria.

2. Odion Ighalo Net Worth: $43 Million

Odion Ighalo net worth
  • Name: Odion Jude Ighalo
  • Date of Birth: June 16th, 1989
  • Role-Playing: Forward
  • State of Origin: Edo state
  • Transfer worth: €15 million

Odion Ighalo is the 2nd richest soccer player in Nigeria.

This is one man who has built his football career gradually until he finally reached the peak after he moved to Manchester United in a loan move from China.

When Manchester United came knocking on his door, it was an offer he couldn’t pass on due to his love for the club long before he even became a professional footballer.

Today, he is a proud Manchester United footballer, and playing for one of the richest football clubs definitely has incentives it brings with it.

Ighalo’s career has been a success story ever since starting out at Julius Berger in Lagos State.

Through his career, he moved from one club to another as his duty demands him, and he does most of it with all his heart because such is the professional that he is.

Ighalo recently got displaced from the top of this list of the richest football players in Nigeria by one other footballer.

And today, he is one of the stars representing Manchester United at club level. He is simply blessed.

1. Mikel Obi Net Worth: $60 Million

John Mile Obi - The richest footballer in Nigeria
  • Name: John Obi Mikel
  • Date of Birth: 22nd April 1987
  • Role-Playing: Midfielder
  • State of Origin: Jos
  • Transfer worth: Free
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Awards: CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2005,

We’re glad to announce to you that Mikel Obi is currently the richest footballer in Nigeria today.

He is one of the most loyal and longest-serving captains of the Nigerian national team.

He also has a lot of silverware to show for his work for the national team like the 2013 African cup of Nations, an Olympics silver medal.

His achievements at the club level are also something worthy of envy as he has a plethora of trophies and awards to his name.

His most successful time at club level came with Chelsea whom he won 2 English premier league titles, 3 FA cup titles, 1 UEFA Champions League title, 1 Europa league title, 1 Turkish cup, and so on.

He is by far the most successful Nigerian international and known to be one of the richest footballers in Africa.

His successes at the club and international level also translated into his net worth, earning massive amounts in weekly salary and bonuses.

More so, his decorated career is however yet to be unmatched by anyone on this list.

Summary of The Richest Footballers In Nigeria

This article is an exhaustive list about Forbes richest footballers in Nigeria according to their net worth.

All of these footballer players outlined here are still in active service to the respective clubs they play for.

Football fans who are interested in knowing just how rich the footballers from Nigeria are will definitely get the information they want here.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 15 richest Nigerian football players:

  1. Mikel Obi
  2. Odioh Ighalo
  3. Obafemi Martins
  4. Victor Moses
  5. Ahmed Musa
  6. Emmanuel Emenike
  7. Victor Anichebe
  8. Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  9. Anthony Ujah
  10. Vincent Enyeama
  11. Taye Taiwo
  12. Alex Iwobi
  13. Peter Osaze
  14. Kelechi Iheanacho
  15. Victor Osimhen

The net worth of the footballers further attests to the financial buoyancy of the sport compared to theirs around.

It is also obvious to see how the rich football players in Nigeria have built their careers in a steady manner until they reached the point where any aspiring footballer would envy to be.

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