The richest Nigerian footballers have made their names playing for some of the world's top clubs.
Nigeria continue to produce some very talented footballers, with players from the West African nation spread across the various European leagues.
Some of them are very wealthy indeed.
With the likes of Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze and Wilfred Ndidi leading the way, there are many other young talents who are also springing up and making a name for themselves and join the group of the richest Nigerian footballers.
Richest Nigerian footballers
For many footballers in Nigeria, the sport has become an avenue to defeat poverty. It is a sport that’s worth a fortune and that means its actors are also paid very well.
To this end, Nigerian footballers, past and present, have not been left out of the numerous rewards that come with playing the game.
Below, Afrik-Foot has compiled a list of the richest Nigerian footballers, as per their net worth:
Samuel Chukwueze – €6 million
Samuel Chukwueze received a huge raise when he made the dream move from Villarreal to AC Milan last summer. According to Football Italia, the winger’s net salary is estimated to be around €5 million per year.
Chukwueze is currently one of Nigeria’s highest earners, thanks to his off-field endorsements and sponsorships as well.
Victor Osimhen – €6.8 million
Another Nigerian footballer who is currently raking in big bucks is Victor Osimhen. The striker recently signed a new contract at Napoli and saw his salary rise to £113,000 per week.
He has also worked as an ambassador for several big brands, including Multichoice Nigeria and Dettol. According to Salary Sport, Osimhen is worth €6.8 million. He is also heavily linked with the wealth of the Premier League – would a move to Chelsea put Osimhen on top of the list of the richest Nigerian footballers?
Emmanuel Emenike – €15 million
Emmanuel Emenike may not be active currently, but he remains one of the richest Nigerian footballers, with a net worth of around €15 million.
The veteran striker played for more than 10 teams across different countries, including South Africa, Turkey, Russia, England, Spain and Greece.
Emenike is reportedly involved in real estate and has properties worth millions of dollars in Nigeria, Dubai and London.
Ahmed Musa – €23 million
Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has had his fair share of big transfers in recent years, having played for CSKA Moscow, Leicester City, Al Nassr and currently at Sivasspor.
The 31-year-old owns several businesses and investments. He owns the Ahmed Musa Sports and Fitness Centre, as well as many fuel stations in Nigeria. Musa has an estimated net worth of around €23 million – firmly placing him among the richest Nigerian footballers.
Victor Moses – €26.2 million
At 33, Victor Moses is still growing strong in the Russian Premier League, where he plays for Spartak Moscow.
For a footballer who played for Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham United, Inter Milan and others, Moses has earned some big bucks within that period.
According to Salary Sport, the wing-back/winger currently earns £33,000 per week at Spartak Moscow and has a net worth of €26.2 million.
Wilfred Ndidi – €30 million
Wilfred Ndidi is also one of the richest Nigerian footballers, with a net worth of €30 million, according to Salary Sport.
The Leicester City midfielder earns a salary of £51,000 per week and also has some endorsements to his name, which have shot up his net worth.
Kelechi Iheanacho – €35 million
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho is next on our list of richest Nigerian footballers. The 27-year-old joined the Foxes from Manchester City in 2019 and is currently on a weekly salary of £65,000 per week at the King Power Stadium.
According to Salary Sport, Iheanacho’s net worth is around €35 million.
Alex Iwobi – €37.2 million
Alex Iwobi has played all his life in England, having lined up for Arsenal, Everton and Fulham in the English top flight.
Currently 27, Nigeria international is one of the highest earners at his current club Fulham and, according to Salary Sport, he earns around £83,000 per week.
Together with his endorsement deals, Iwobi is estimated to be worth around €31 million.
Odion Ighalo – €38 million
Another Nigerian player who has seen real money in his career is Odion Ighalo. He once earned close to £300,000 per week while playing in China for Changchun Yatai.
Currently on the books of Saudi Arabian side Al-Wehda, Ighalo is still a high earner and has a net worth estimated to be around €38 million.
John Mikel Obi – €50 million
Mikel Obi retired in September but remains on top of the list of richest Nigerian footballers. The former Chelsea midfielder played in the Premier League for nearly a decade before having a short stint in China.
The last club Mikel played for Kuwait SC and it’s fair to say he has made a lot of money from his football career. Mikel’s estimated net worth is around €50 million.