Top 10 Highest Paid Nigerian Footballers (2020)

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.

Highest Paid Nigerian Footballers Right Now

1. Odion Ighalo

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Odion Ighalo – Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer
  • Weekly Salary – £190,000
  • Current Club – Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C. 
  • Age – 30 Years

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 £190,000 of a weekly basis from his Chinese club making him the first on our list this year.

2. John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel second highest paid nigerian footballer
  • Weekly Salary – £190,000
  • Current Club – Trabzonspor F.C
  • Age – 30 Years

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 Turkish football club side – Trabzonspor after his move from Middlesbrough on a free transfer.

3. Wilfred Ndidi

  • Weekly Salary – £75,000
  • Current Club – Leicester City F.C
  • Age – 22 Years

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.

Ndidi also earns a good pay of £75,000 weekly, therefore earning him the 3rd position on our list.

4. Kelechi Iheanacho

kelechi-iheanacho - highest paid nigerian footballer
  • Weekly Salary – £60,000
  • Current Club – Leicester City F.C
  • Age – 23 Years

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 £60,000 weekly from his football club alongside other bonuses.

5. Ahmed Musa

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  • Weekly Salary – £60,000
  • Current Club – Al-Nassr FC
  • Age – 27 Years

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 £60,000 from his new football club.

6. Victor Moses

  • Weekly Salary – £57,000
  • Current Club – Fernabache F.C
  • Age – 28 Years

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 – Fernabache as a Winger. Victor Moses earns an average of £57,000 weekly and he also made the list of Nigerian highest paid footballers.

7) Alex Iwobi

Iwobi - One of the highest paid nigerian footballers
  • Weekly Salary – £50,000
  • Current Club – Everton F.C
  • Age – 23 Years

Alex Iwobi is another top Nigerian football who earns a pretty decent pay in the English Premier League. He moved from Arsenal to Everton earlier this year and he is doing quite well there.

Iwobi is one of Nigeria’s highest-paid footballers with a weekly salary of £50,000 from his club side – Everton alongside other bonuses. He also plays for the Nigeria National senior team as a Foward.

8. Obafemi Martins

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.


9) Isaac Sucess

  • Weekly Salary – £30,000
  • Current Club – Watford F.C
  • Age – 23 Years

Isaac Success Ajayi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League side – Watford F.C as a forward. He is one of the highest-paid players in this club and he earns a weekly salary of £30,000.

He was signed on a record fee estimated around £12.5 million from Granada and he is one of the most expensive Nigerian footballers ever bought.

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