Top 10 Richest Footballers In Nigeria 2018 And Their Net Worth
This list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018 is proof that there is real money in sports. Football has gone beyond just a sporting activity to a business venture all around the world. Many Nigerian footballers are playing in Europe and Asia where they are paid handsomely. It is no longer an argument that the most successful Nigerian footballers have all played beyond the shores of this country. No surprise there is anyone playing in Nigeria at the moment that made the list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018. Nigerian football players are among the richest footballers in Africa as a whole.
This article extensively considers the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018. You must note that these footballers might not be the highest paid in Nigeria, but due to their endorsement deals and other businesses, they made the list. They are the richest footballers in Nigeria at the moment.
John Obi Mikel
At the number one position among the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018 is John Obi Mikel. He started his footballing career at Lyon Oslo, a club in Norway. From where he moved to Chelsea football club in England, and then currently at Tianjin Teda in China. He has won many important trophies with Chelsea in England. At the moment, Mikel pockets 8.4 million pounds annually at Tianjin Teda. With a net worth of $57 million, he is undoubtedly the richest footballer in Nigeria. He is arguably the richest African footballer at the moment.
Oba goal as he is fondly called by Nigerian fans has played in different continents within his 16 years of professional football. He currently plays for Shanghai Shenhua, a Chinese based club. He is reported to be earning about 8.4 million pounds yearly. His net worth is estimated to be around $35 million.
At the moment, he plays his football career with Chelsea football club in England. He has endorsement deals that are estimated to be around $1 million annually. He also has many assets in his name in Europe. His net worth is valued at $20.1 million. For him to have made the list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria, it means he is no joke.
Currently plying his trade in a Saudi Arabian Club, he started his professional career in Nigeria. Before his move to the Saudi Arabian club, he has previously played for CSKA Moscow and the Leicester City of England. His net worth is currently valued at $18 million. Aside from football, he has other endorsement deals that also fetch him money in millions.
This prolific Nigerian striker has really made a name for himself among Nigerian footballers. He was really very instrumental to Nigeria winning their 3rd AFCON in 2013. His success at club level has earned him a place among the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018. His net worth is estimated at $18 million.
Occupying the 6th position on the list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018 is Yak as he is fondly called by Nigerian fans. He has played for many different clubs in Europe. In 2017, his club terminated his contract making him a free agent at the moment. He remains one of the richest footballers of Nigerian descent. His net worth is estimated to be around $14.5 million.
This very athletic striker has played a number of clubs in England. His playing days for the Nigerian national team was not a really good one. He currently plays for Sunderland, an England based club. He is currently in a relationship with DJ Cuppy, the daughter of a renowned business mogul in Nigeria in the person of Femi Otedola. His net worth is estimated at $11 million.
This veteran Nigerian goalkeeper, though no longer playing for the national team is among the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018. He is currently plying his trade at Lille FC of France. He earns about 1.8 million pounds annually at Lille. His current net worth is estimated to be about $7 million.
At the moment, this left-footed Nigerian fullback is considered to be among the richest footballers in the country. Has his early career in the Nigerian domestic league, where he played with teams like Lobi Stars and Gabros FC. At the moment, his net worth is valued at about $6.6 million.
He made his debut for the Nigerian Super Eagles in the 2002 world cup. He also played for a variety of European clubs but was most remarkable for his time at West Brom. He is currently playing for Madura United in France. His net worth is estimated to be about $5.5 million. He has also made money through his endorsement deals with Pepsi in Nigeria.
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The above list of the top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria 2018 does not put into consideration the Nigerian players that are paid the highest money at club level. The list focuses strictly on the overall net worth of Nigerian players at the moment.