These people are professional footballers worth millions of naira and whose investments amount to billions of naira. Check out the list of the top three richest footballers in Nigeria:
JOHN MIKEL OBI: According to various sources, Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, is currently the highest earning Nigerian footballer. He joined Chelsea in 2006 from Norwegian club FC Lyn Oslo on a $25 million deal. He is currently on $120, 000, (N20m), per week excluding bonuses, and income from participating at the UEFA Champions League.
The 25-year-old Jos born player owns mansions in Jos, Lagos and London worth about N800m. What is more, he owns shares in top companies and has recently launched a record label.
Chelsea star once said that it is very hard for him to find a wife. Why won’t it be with all that cash?
YAKUBU AIYEGBENI:Yak, as he is popularly called, is still widely considered the most successful Nigerian footballer to play in England.Yakubu, made a big money move to China’s Guangzhou R&F where is reported to pull in nearly £100,000 weekly. In fact his annual take home at the Chinese club is placed at £5,040,000.
His assets include a mansion on Manchester Road, London, a duplex in VGC, 2 massive buildings in Benin city and hotels in Auchi, Edo State.
The former Middleborough man owns a petrol station in Benin City which is run by his brother Momo Aiyegbeni. In his garage back home in Nigeria are a fleet of cars including a Range Rover and a BMW
Obafemi Martins: He’s been everywhere. The on loan UD Levante of Spain forward has played for top clubs like Inter-Milan, Newcastle united, Birmingham City, Vfl Wolfsborg of Germany, Rubin Kazan of Russia and currently Seattle Sounders in the US. Obafemi Martins is the fifth highest paid player in US Major League Soccer for the 2013 season, according to a players’ union release.
He is also the highest ever paid player for Seattle Sounders with an annual basic salary of $1.6million. The 28-year-old striker owns 2 mansions at VGC Lagos worth N500 million, a massive home in Como, Italy valued at N800 Million, and top hotels in Italy. He splashed N400million on his charity foundation not too long ago. He drives a Lamborghini worth N50m, Porsche Gemballa worth N20m, Bmw X6worth N 18M, and a Ferrari sport car.