Football is one of the most loved sports in Nigeria and getting to see good and highly paid footballers in the country wouldn’t be hard. Little wonder why international football scouts are always out in the country looking to discover the next football stars. In 2018 alone, Odion Igahalo of Changchun Yatai FC in the Chinese football league was the highest paid Nigerian footballer earning a whopping sum of £190,000 in a week, he is also the highest paid Nigerian footballer in China.
Many of these Nigerian footballers live very luxurious lives while playing in popular football leagues like the English Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and the Chinese football league because most football clubs in those leagues are very rich thus making them very popular and highly paid.
In this article, we’ll be showing you a comprehensive list of the highest paid Nigerian footballer (footballers) in the world. Since we have quite a handful number of Nigerian football stars in China, you’ll also get to see the highest paid Nigerian footballer in China and also other countries in Europe.
7. Ahmed Musa -£34,000 At Al-Nassr FC
Ahmed Musa is a name almost all Nigerians want to hear after he scored 2 winning goals against Iceland at the FIFA world cup in 2018. Musa is also one of the highest paid footballers in Nigeria after his multimillion-dollar move from Leicester City FC to a Saudi Football team – Al-Nassr FC earlier this year. He also earns an average of £34,000 from his new football club.
6. Wilfred Ndidi – £50,000 At Leicester City FC
Wilfred Ndidi is a Nigerian professional footballer and midfielder. He also plays for an international football club in the English premier league known as Leicester City as a midfielder and has been a major driving pillar for the club since his signing on the 3rd of December, 2016 for a transfer fee of £17 million. Wilfred also earns a good pay of £50,000 weekly, therefore earning him the 6th position on our list.
5. Kelechi Iheanacho – £70,000 At Leicester City FC
Kelechi Iheanacho is also a Nigerian professional footballer and is currently signed to English premier league club – Leicester City from Manchester City on a five-year contract on 3 August 2017.
He became the highest paid Nigerian professional footballer in the Premier League after Ighalo’s departure in January 2017. He earns an average of £70,000 weekly from his football club.
4. Victor Moses – £75,000 At Chelsea FC
Everyone on the Nigerian football scene has heard of Victor Moses as he isn’t a new player in the Nigerian Super Eagles team.
Even after his recent retirement for international football for Nigeria, he still earns a very good pay from his international club side – Chelsea FC as a Winger. Victor Moses earns an average of £75,000 weekly and he also made the list of Nigerian highest paid footballers.
3. Obafemi Martins – £100,000 At Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC
Obafemi Martins is another Nigerian superstar who has been in almost all professional leagues in the world. He retired from international football as a striker in the Nigerian Super Eagles football team and he currently plays for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC in the Chinese professional football league. He currently earns an average of £100,000 per week at his club in China.
2. John Obi Mikel – £140,000 At Tianjin TEDA FC
With an average weekly pay of £140,000, Nigerian professional midfielder – Mikel Obi is the second highest paid Nigerian footballer in the world.
He is also the second highest paid Nigerian footballer in China after Odion Ighalo (Both are in the Chinese football league) currently. He currently plays for Chinese football club side – Tianjin TEDA FC after his move for Chelsea in 2017 on a free transfer.
1. Odion Ighalo – £210,000 At Changchun Yatai FC
Nigerian Professional footballer and striker – Odion Ighalo is currently the highest paid Nigerian footballer in the world and he is also the highest paid Nigerian player in China.
He became the highest paid Nigerian footballer after his $27.93 million transfer deal to Changchun Yatai FC in China from Watford on January 31, 2017. Odion Ighalo currently earns a whooping sum of £210,000 of a weekly basis from his Chinese club making him the first on our list this year.