Nigerians adore football! We love to keep track of our favourite footballers! As a result, we also like to follow football players on social networks and read about them in newspapers. Football fans often also wonder ‘who is current highest paid Nigerian footballer?’
Take a look at our top 10 highest earning Nigerian footballers!
10. Godwin Obaje – N2 million monthly
According to the information from the Premium Times Nigeria, the best scorer of the Nigeria Professional Football League has become the highest paid Nigerian football player at home. He joined the Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club this year. He signed a three-year contract with this club and this earns him N2 million salary on a monthly basis.
He is also looking for the right opportunities to play abroad. There were rumours about his transfer to Russian and Tunisia clubs, but the negotiations were not fruitful.
9. Vincent Enyeama – 1.8 million Euros
Vincent Enyeama is a professional goalkeeper who plays in the football club Lille. The contract with this club earns him 1.8million Euros in salary every season. He was also a member of the Nigerian National Team for 14 years.
He has played in several clubs during his career, like Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda, Iwuanyawu Nationale, Enyimba and Iborn Stars.
8. Emmanuel Emenike – 2.5 million Euros
Emmanuel Emenike is a player for the Greece Football Club, Olympiacos. He is still known as one of the best players of the FC Fenerbahce. Emmanuel Emenike`s most recent known salary for a season is 2.5 million EuroS.
He has been able to travel from country to country and played in several football clubs, like West Ham United, Al Ain, Spartak Moscow, Karabukspor, Cape Town, MP Black Aces and Delta Force.
7. Victor Moses – 3 million euro
Victor Moses is another Nigerian football player who has become famous abroad. He prefers to play in English Football Clubs. He was also a member of the England National Team for six years. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Nigerian National Team. His salary in Chelsea is 3 million Euros! He also played for West Ham United, Stoke City, Liverpool, Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace.
This is a great achievement for the 26-year-old man.
6. Kelechi Iheanacho – 3.4 million Euros
Kelechi Iheanacho is a talented football player in the Premier League. His current team is Leicester City, where he plays with the number 8 jersey. His previous football club is the famous Manchester city, where he scored 12 goals.
He was transferred to Leicester City in 2017, his salary in the club is 3.4 million EuroS. He is also a star player for the National Team of Nigeria! He started to play for the national team in 2013! His first football club was Taye Academy.
5. Ahmed Musa – 4.2 million Euros
Ahmed Musa is the highest paid Nigerian footballer in Europe. He earns a fantastic sum of 4.2 million Euros! He is also a member of the National Team in Nigeria since 2011. His current contract has him working with Leicester City. He has also played in football clubs, like CSKA Moscow, VVV-Venlo, Kano Pillars, JUTH and GBS Football Academy.
This forward scored his best goals for CSKA Moscow! He managed to score 42 goals for this football club!
4. Anthony Ujah – 5.6 million Euros
Ujah is a Nigerian football player who decided to play in a Chinese Football Club. Liaoning Whowin offers him a salary of 3.8 million Euros! It`s one of the newest clubs in the second largest economy in the world. Anthony Ujah has also managed to travel the world and play in different clubs. The list of his clubs include Werder Bremen, FC Koln, FSV Mainz, Lillestrom, Warri Wolves, and Abuja.
Regardless, the Chinese club does not pay him enough money to make it to the top three on our list of top 10 highest earning Nigerian footballers!
3. Obi Mikel – 8.4 million Euros
He is another footballer who decided to take his chances in China! His previous football team was Chelsea. His current football club is Tianjin TEDA. This football club pays him 8.4 million Euros. It`s twice the amount received by the highest paid Nigerian footballer in Europe.
That`s why Obi Mikel gets a bronze medal on this list of top ten highest paid Nigerian footballers.
2. Obafemi Martins – 8.4 million Euros
China is currently a home for the Nigerian top paid footballers. Obafemi Martins is also one of the most famous Nigerian football players in China! He plays for Shanghai Shenhua, where he gets his 8.4 million Euros as salary!
He has also played for Seattle Sounders, Levante, Birmingham City, Rubin Kazan, VFL Wolfsburg, Newcastle United, Inter Milan, Reggiana, and Ebedei.
1. The highest paid Nigerian footballer in the world – Odion Ighalo – 12.1 million Euros
Odion Ighalo is the highest paid Nigerian footballer abroad. His current team is Changchun Yatai. They pay him a whopping sum of 12.1 million Euros. He also played for several others football teams in his career, like Watford, Granada, Cesena, Udinese, Lyn, Julius Berger and Prime.
Highest earning Nigerian Footballer Our list of top 10 best-paid footballers in Nigeria is based on the information from the All Nigerian Soccer. These football players are the pride of the Nigerian professional sport. They make Nigerians proud and are very talented. That’s why they get the best salaries!