5 Richest Nigerian Footballers At Russia 2018 World Cup
Nigeria has got to be the luckiest African team, with so many billionaire players working so hard to make their countrymen proud.
All members of the team currently at the World Cup are millionaires, having done well for themselves in their professional careers.
But below are the richest footballers in the Nigerian team.
Kindly note that the net worth are only estimates as of 2017 against the prevailing parallel market exchange rate as at .
Kelechi Iheanacho: Estimated net worth - $8m (2.9 Billion Naira)
How will you maintain your sanity if by age of 21 you are already worth billions of naira?
If you want to know how to do that, your best mentor would be the young football star, Kelechi Iheanacho.
The rising star is already worth 2.9 billion naira at age 21.
He currently plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team.
He has made appearances for Manchester City, as well as the Nigeria squad that won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the Nigeria U-20 team at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
He is in Russia right now making a huge difference in the Nigerian squad at the World Cup.
Ahmed Musa: Estimated net worth - $18m (6.4 Billion Naira).
25-year-old Musa plays for Leicester City.
His net worth is estimated at 18 million dollars, that is about 6.4 billion naira.
Musa moved to Leicester City for a then club record £16.6 million on 8 July 2016.
He is one of the strikers that Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr is counting on to see Nigeria through the group stage at the ongoing Russia world cup.
Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Coach Rohr will be more than happy to see Musa replicate the feat.
Odion Ighalo: Estimated net worth - $22m (7.9 Billion Naira)
Odion Jude Ighalo, born 16 June 1989 is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai.
After starting his career at local clubs, Prime FC and Julius Berger FC, he moved to Norway's Lyn in 2007.
A year later he was signed by Udinese, spending most of his tenure loaned out, notably at Granada, before signing for Watford in 2014.
He also competes professionally in China, with Changchun Yatai.
Ighalo made his debut for Nigeria in 2015. He is currently a member of the Nigerian squad t the 2018 World Cup.
However, his performance has been criticized by analysts and fans as below expectation.
Victor Moses: Estimated net worth - $23m (8.2 Billion Naira)
Victor Moses is just 28 years old, but he’s already left a mark in the world of football.
The Nigeria winger plays for Chelsea. Born in Nigeria, Moses represented England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, but opted to play for Nigeria as opposed to being fully capped for England.
He has gained over 20 caps for Nigeria since his debut in 2012 and has played in their winning campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He is currently in Russia trying to make Nigeria proud by helping the country to qualify at the Group stage.
John Mikel Obi: Estimated net worth - $47m (16.9 Billion Naira)
Mikel Obi needs little introduction. The 31-year-old striker was born in Jos, Plateau State as John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, and at $47 million net worth, he is clearly Nigeria's richest footballer player.
He started his official football career at the age of 12 when he got picked as a talented footballer from over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy.
Obi stood out to scouts and was later picked to play for top-flight club Plateau United, a side that had previously developed stars Celestine Babayaro, Victor Obinna and Chris Obodo.
That was the beginning for Mikel and the rest as they say was history.
He plies his trade at Chinese Club, Tianjin TEDA where he moved to after spending about 11 years playing for European Champions, Chelsea FC.
He is currently in Russia doing what he knows how to do best, trying to get the team he captains to qualify at the Group stage.
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