The game of football has become very popular worldwide and is very lucrative. No wonder footballers are extremely rich and have been rated by Forbes as one of the most successful people in the world. Football is currently the most popular sport known all over the world. It unites different countries and continents together. The world governing body of football is FIFA which means Federation of International Football Association, while the governing body of football in Nigeria is known as NFF which means Nigerian Football Federation.

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Football is well acknowledged as the most popular sport in the world. Billions of people follow the game regularly and when the football world cup comes around every four years, over a billion viewers tune in to watch the game. On the richest footballers in Nigeria we have done a thorough research and have compiled the list of the top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria and their net worth.

So therefore we present to you the top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria.

10. Osaze Odemwingie

Osaze Odemwingie is a famous Nigerian football player. He has been described as a legend in the game of football and one of the greatest and most skillful football players of all time and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 15th July 1981 in Tashkent, Soviet Union to a Nigerian father and a Russian mother, both of whom were medical students. He is currently 37 years old.

Osaze Odemwingie grew up in Russia and began his football career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League, where he scored 19 goals in 53 league appearances from 2000 to 2002. He has played as a forward striker for the Super Eagles of Nigeria national team and is currently playing for Indonesian league club “Madura United” in Indonesia.

Osaze Odemwingie moved with his family to Nigeria when he was just two years old before completing his secondary school education in Russia. While in Russia, he played in the youth teams at KAMAZ and CSKA Moscow.

At the age of 17 years old, he moved back to Nigeria and after spending a short period of time with amateurs AS Racines in Lagos, he became a professional footballer with the Nigeria Premier League side “Bendel Insurance” where he scored 19 goals in 53 league appearances from 2000 to 2002. Osaze Odemwingie is very wealthy and currently number 10 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $8 million.

9. Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi is a famous Nigerian professional football player, who currently plays as a winger and forward striker for English Premier League club Arsenal and the Nigeria national team Super Eagles. He is currently one of the best players in Nigeria and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 3rd May 1996 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 22 years old.

Alex Iwobi is currently the nephew of former Nigerian intentional and professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha. He was born in Lagos State, Nigeria before moving to England at the age of 4 years old. He is the best friend to Tyrell Robinson, a former Arsenal teammate.

Alex Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school and was first involved in a first-team match as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25th September 2013. In October 2015, he signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

Alex Iwobi made his first-team debut for the club on 27th October 2015, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup. Alex Iwob made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium as a die minute substitute for Mesut Ozil. Alex Iwobi made his Championship League debut as an 85th-minute substitute in a 5–1 defeat against Bayern Munich. Alex Iwobi is very wealthy and currently number 9 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10 million.

8. Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho is a famous Nigerian professional football player, who currently plays as a forward striker for English Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team Super Eagles. He is currently one of the best and most creative players in Nigeria and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 3rd October 1996 in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 21 years old. His current jersey number is 8.

Kelechi Iheanacho was born in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. As a youth, he represented Taye Academy in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. His outstanding performances for Nigeria in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup made top clubs in Europe to become interested in him. Some of the European clubs that were interested in him include Arsenal, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto.

In December 2012, Kelechi Iheanacho travelled to England to discuss a move to Manchester City. In October 2014, he signed a pre-contract agreement deal with Manchester City, stating his intent to formally sign for the club on his 18th birthday which happens to be on 3rd October 2014. In 2013, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) named Kelechi Iheanacho as the Most Promising Talent of the Year at the 2013 CAF Awards. Kelechi Iheanacho is very wealthy and currently number 8 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $12 million.

7. Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa is a famous Nigerian professional football player, who currently plays as a left winger and forward striker for English Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team Super Eagles. He is currently one of the best and most outstanding players in Nigeria and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 14th October 1992 in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria. He is currently 25 years old.

In 2017, Ahmed Musa got married to Jamila Musa and the marriage is currently blessed with two beautiful kids namely Ahmed Musa Junior and Halima Musa. Ahmed Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match after scoring a brace against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2018, Ahmed Musa created history by scoring two straight goals against Iceland in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, thereby given Nigeria the opportunity to go further in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Ahmed Musa began his career in the GBS Football Academy in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria. In September 2007, a local publication in Jos featured Ahmed Musa on its “Undiscovered Talent” column. The following year, Ahmed Musa was given out as loaned to JUTH F.C. Where he played 18 games and scored 4 goals in his first two professional seasons. Ahmed Musa is very wealthy and currently number 7 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $13.5 million.

6. Victor Moses

Victor Moses is a an international and a professional Nigeria footballer who plays as a winger or wing-back for the Super Eagles of Nigeria national team and English Premier League club Chelsea. He has been described as one of the best, greatest and most outstanding football players Nigeria has ever produced and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 12th December 1990 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria to Josephine Moses and Austin Moses.

He is currently 28 years old. He is a Christian and a son of a pastor in a local church in Lagos States, Nigeria. When he was just 11 years old, his parents were killed by armed robbers. A week later, Victor Moses was scheduled to travel out of the country for security reasons, with his travel expenses being funded and paid for by members of his relatives. After which Victor Moses went to United Kingdom as an asylum seeker at the age of 11 years old.

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While in United Kingdom, Victor Moses attended Stanley Technical High School, now known as the Harris Academy in South Norwood, United Kingdom and joined his school football club. Victor Moses started playing football at a very tender age. He was scouted playing football and displaying massive skills in the local Tandridge League for Cosmos 90 FC, when Crystal Palace manager approached him and urged him to play for Crystal Palace. Victor Moses is very wealthy and currently number 6 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $14 million.

5. Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Yakubu Aiyegbeni is a Nigerian former professional and international footballer who played as a striker. His nickname is “The Yak”. He was born on 22nd November 1982 in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 36 years old. He started his career with Julius Berger in Lagos, Nigeria as a teenager in the Nigerian Premier League. He was later loaned to Portuguese club Gil Vicente.

His performances in the 2002-2003 UEFA Champions League for Maccabi Haifa earned him a loan move to English club Portsmouth which became permanent as they were promoted to the Premier League in 2003. He has since appeared in over 250 Premier League matches for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers. He is the second highest African goal scorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.

He is the third highest goal scorer in the history of the Nigeria national football team and represented them at four African Cup of Nations finals, the 2010 FIFA World cup and the 2000 Summer Olympics. Yakubu Aiyegbeni is very wealthy and currently number 5 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $14.5 million.

4. Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins is a famous Nigerian international and professional football player. He has been described as one of the best goal scorers in the game of football and the greatest and most skillful football player of all time and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa.

He was born on 28th October 1984 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 33 years old. He was a former striker for the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles and English Premier League club New Castle United and Spanish League cub Inter Milan.

Obafemi Martins currently plays as a forward striker for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. He is popularly known for his speed on the ball and his ability to score amazing goals. After leaving Nigeria for Italy at the age of 16 years old, he has since then played for several top-division clubs around Europe.

In 2002, he began his senior career at the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, before moving to the English Premier League club Newcastle United in 2006. Obafemi Martins is very wealthy and currently number 4 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $35 million.

3. John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian professional and international footballer who captains both English club Middlesbrough and the Nigeria national team as a defensive midfielder. He was a former midfielder in Chelsea. He was born on 22nd April 1987 in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria. He is currently 32 years old. He is originally from Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.

Mikel Obi started his football career at the age of 12 years old when picked as a talented footballer from over 3000 young talents in Nigeria to play in Pepsi Football Academy, a team that was at that time well known for travelling across Nigeria scouting young footballers with the potential to play professionally. Mikel Obi stood out to scouts and was later picked to play for top-flight club Plateau United. Mikel Obi made headlines for his country at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships held in Finland.

In the summer of 2005, Mikel Obi played for Nigeria at the FIFA World Youth Championships held in the Netherlands. He had an excellent tournament until Nigeria reached the final, where they lost 2–1 to Argentina. After the game with Argentina, Mikel Obi won the Silver Ball after being voted the tournament’s second-best player after Argentina legend Lionel Messi.

Mikel Obi has received many positive comments for his performance in the matches. However, since being sent off in a match against Reading on 14th October 2006, Mikel Obi was fined on three separate occasions by Chelsea for turning up late to training. John Mikel Obi is very wealthy and currently number 3 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $50 million.

2. Kanu Nwankwo

Kanu Nwankwo is a famous Nigerian football player. He has been described as one of the greatest and most skillful football players of all time and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on1st August 1976 in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 41 years old.

Kanu Nwankwo is originally from Abia State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, but was born and bred in Owerri, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He began his career at Nigerian league club known as Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. After a notable performance at the FIFA U-17 World Championships, he was signed by AFC Ajax in 1993 for a contract deal worth €207,047. He made his Ajax debut in 1994 and went on to score 25 goals in 54 appearances.

Kanu Nwankwo is currently a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward striker for the Super Eagles of Nigeria national team and the English Premier League Club Arsenal and Portsmouth. His name, Nwankwo simply means Child born on Nkwo market day in the Igbo language of the south eastern part of Nigeria. Kanu Nwankwo is very wealthy and currently number 2 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $100 million.

1. Austin Jay Jay Okocha

Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is a famous Nigerian football player. He has been described as a legend in the game of football and the greatest and most skillful football player of all time and also one of the most successful footballers in Africa. He was born on 14th August 1973 in Enugu coal city of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 44 years old.

He played as an attacking midfielder for the Super Eagles of Nigeria national team and English premier league club Bolton Wanderers in England and was the captain of the Nigeria Super Eagles for many years before retiring from the national team. He is a quick and skillful playmaker, who is widely regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation and one of the greatest African players of all time.

Jay-Jay Okocha was known for his confidence, technique, creativity and dribbling skills as well as his use of feints and step-over tactics in humiliating and frustrating players that challenge him on a pitch. Due to his skills, he was described by Ronaldinho as the legendary king of football and a mentor to young athletes. Jay-Jay Okocha is very wealthy and currently number 1 on our list of top 10 most richest footballers in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $150 million.

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