Who Are Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers?

Nigeria has a rich history in producing talented footballers who have made their mark on the global stage. Not only have these athletes brought pride and joy to their country, but they have also secured lucrative contracts with top clubs around the world. Let’s take a closer look at highest-paid Nigerian footballers and their respective weekly earnings.

Here’s our breakdown of the 15 highest-paid Nigerian footballers currently tearing up the pitch:

1. Victor Osimhen – Napoli (£167,000 weekly):

The Napoli hitman reigns supreme, raking in a staggering £167,000 weekly! His prolific goalscoring has earned him this king’s ransom. With this staggering weekly salary, Osimhen commands a hefty paycheck that reflects his importance to his club.

2. Samuel Chukwueze – AC Milan (£84,413 weekly):

Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers

Following closely behind is Samuel Chukwueze, who features prominently for AC Milan in Italy. Chukwueze earns an impressive £84,413 each week, highlighting his value to the Italian giants. His electrifying pace and skill are worth every penny.

3. Alex Iwobi & Kelechi Iheanacho – Fulham & Leicester (£80,000 weekly):

Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers

A tie for third! Both Iwobi (Fulham) and Iheanacho (Leicester City) pocket £80,000 weekly. Their experience and consistent performances command these hefty paychecks. Both players have proven their worth on the field, contributing significantly to their clubs’ successes.

4. Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester (£75,000 weekly):

Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers

Leicester’s midfield rock gets £75,000 weekly. His defensive prowess and ball distribution skills are invaluable. Known for his commanding presence in midfield, Ndidi has solidified his place as one of the best Nigerian footballers in England.

5. Joe Aribo – Southampton (£70,000 weekly):

Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers

Joe Aribo who plays for English Championship side, Southampton, earns a weekly salary of £70,000. Although not as well-known as some of his compatriots, Aribo’s talent and potential have earned him a substantial paycheck.

6. Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu & Calvin Bassey (£50,000 weekly):

Highest-Paid Nigerian Footballers

Moving further down the list, we have Taiwo Awoniyi, Paul Onuachu, and Calvin Bassey, all earning around £50,000 per week. Awoniyi represents Nottingham Forest, Onuachu plays for Trabzonspor, and Bassey is part of the Fulham squad.

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7. Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka & Emmanuel Dennis (£40,000 weekly):

Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, and Emmanuel Dennis all earn £40,000 weekly. Aina features for Nottingham Forest, Onyeka represents Brentford, while Emmanuel Denis plays as a striker for Championship club Watford, on loan from Nottingham Forest. These players have displayed their skills at various levels and have earned recognition and solid contracts as a result.

8. Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman & Victor Boniface (These three earn between £32,819 and £39,492):

Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, and Victor Boniface complete the list, each earning between £32,819 and £39,492 per week. Simon plays for Nantes in France, Lookman features for Atalanta in Italy, and Boniface represents Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

Beyond the Numbers

It is evident that Nigerian footballers have not only made their mark on the international stage but have also been rewarded with substantial financial packages. The impressive salaries earned by these players further validate the impact they have had on their respective clubs. As Nigeria continues to produce exceptional talent, it is anticipated that this list will continue to evolve, with more players making their mark both on and off the pitch.

While these figures showcase financial success, remember that these players contribute far more than just goals and tackles. They inspire millions, unite communities, and carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders.

What do you think?

  • Does this ranking surprise you?
  • Who do you think deserves a higher spot?
  • What qualities define a truly valuable footballer, beyond their paycheck?

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