The Nigerian football industry in recent years keeps growing and getting better when it comes to our players value.
Many top Nigerian players get paid quite high right now many Nigerian players are on the list of highest paid players in Africa.
We have seen some interesting transfer deals within the last 24 months.
Before Ighalo had the honour of being the most expensive Nigerian player, it was previously held by ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for eleven years after the Blues splashed out €20m to secure his services from Lyn Oslo, with Manchester United also compensated.
Checkout the highest paid Nigerian footballers in the world right now below:
- Odion Ighalo | Changchun Yatai
Odion Ighalo receives an annual salary of around $10 million from his current Chinese club Changchun Yatai with an estimated weekly wage of $264240.60. His annual salary from his previous Premier League club Watford FC was above £1.5 million and Ighalo’s weekly wage in the club was £30,000 but now £190,000.
2. Obi Mikel | Middlesbrough
Midfielder, Mikel Obi is second earner on the list of highest paid Nigerian footballers with a weekly salary of £100,000 at his current club, Middlesbrough.
After two years in China Mikel joined English Championship team Middlesbrough on a short-term deal in the 2019 winter transfer window. The 31-year-old was a free agent after leaving Chinese side Tianjin TEDA.
3. Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Iheanacho was formerly leading as the top earner in Europe until Ighalo took over. Although he is listed among the Nigerian professional footballers who play in the English premier league. He earns £115,000 weekly at Leicester City after a transfer from Manchester City.
4. Obafemi Martins | Shanghai Shenhua
He is another top player that has played for many clubs in Europe and even in China. He played as a striker for the national team and plays for Chinese football club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. Martins earns £100,000 weekly.
5. Ahmed Musa | Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia
Musa became fans favourite when he scored two goals against Iceland in the world cup 2018. This made him the undisputed Nigerian football star of the worldcup.
Ahmed Musa is paid £60,000 weekly as his salary as a forward and left winger for Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr and the Nigeria national team.