Alex Iwobi is arguably one of the most promising football talents to come out of Nigeria in recent years.
Having come to limelight about five years ago, the midfielder won praise both home and abroad for his performances.
No doubt you have many questions about Iwobi. Where was he born? What is his net worth? How much is his salary? What is hometown?
Don't worry, this article has the answers to your questions. I will evaluate several details of Alex Iwobi's biography for your benefit.
Let's dive into it!
Alex Iwobi Biography
Alexander Iwobi's life is testament to the determination and sheer will that most Nigerians exhibit. He was born on May 3, 1996 to Chuba Iwobi in Lagos.
Two years later, young Iwobi moved along with his family to Turkey.
Iwobi And Okocha
The family later moved to the United Kingdom to be with former Super Eagles maestro Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha.
Yes, Iwobi is actually related to the legendary Nigerian player through his mother who is siblings with Okocha.
Iwobi spent most of his childhood in Newham, an East London community near Bolton Wanderers, where his uncle Okocha played.
He joined English Premier League side, Arsenal, at the age of eight and soon faced the task of handing school alongside footballing practice.
Things weren't smooth sailing for Iwobi in his time at the Arsenal academy, however.
On two occasions, Iwobi teetered on the brink of being released from Arsenal.
But, with the combined efforts of his uncle Okocha and his family, Iwobi was able to pull through and cemented his place in Arsenal. Iwobi's performance improved such that the club offered him a long-term contract in 2015.
Iwobi had his first team debut on October 27, 2015, when he played in Arsenal's three-nil defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. He played his first Premier League match on October 31, 2015, coming on for German playmaker Mesut Ozil in stoppage time as the Gunners trounced Swansea 3-0.
After making his EPL debut, Iwobi continued to catch the eye of pundits with his versatility and work ethic. Goals in his first two league starts against Everton and Watford further raised the burgeoning profile of Iwobi at Arsenal.
Iwobi made his Champions League debut for Arsenal a 2017 round-of-16 tie against a Barcelona side led by the fearsome ‘MSN' trio comprising Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Although the match ended 3-0 in favour of Barcelona, Iwobi was impressive throughout. So good was Iwobi that prominent sports ounucla) publication Bleacher Report called the 19-year old's performance “one clear bright spot” in the game.
“Big 17”, as Iwobi was known at Arsenal, became an instrumental part of the Gunners side. In particular, he played many matches in the 2016/2017 season that saw Arsenal win the FA Cup and Community Shield titles under the tutelage of French gaffer Arsene Wenger.
He continued to impress at Arsenal, becoming a regular fixture in the Arsenal Starting XI. In the 2017/2018 season, Iwobi made 38 appearances and scored four goals. He was unlucky not to add a UEFA Europa Cup to his impressive silverware collection after Arsenal lost to Chelsea in that year's final.
Alex Iwobi Nigeria
While this may surprise you, Iwobi played for England up until the U-18 levels. However, heeding the call of his motherland, Iwobi switched allegiance to Nigeria.
Some suggest Iwobi's desire to emulate his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha's feats in Nigeria's colours made him join the Super Eagles. I find this theory quite plausible, given the influence of Okocha on Iwobi's life.
Iwobi himself has credited his famous uncle for his footballing success and, ostensibly, his decision to swap the Red and White of England for the Green-White-Green of Nigeria.
Iwobi debuted for Nigeria during a 2-0 friendly defeat to DR Congo, coming on for Ahmed Musa. Even with his growing profile in the Super Eagles, he was dropped from the 18-man squad that eventually won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Iwobi was forced to pull out of Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on October 17, 2017 after sustaining an injury. Still, he came back with a bang and scored the solitary goal in Nigeria's encounter with Zambia that sent them through to the 2018 World Club in Russia.
He made the final 23-man squad of the Nigerian national team headed to Russia for the World Cup. However, I can say Iwobi's WC debut after the Super Eagles crashed out at the group stages.
He was part of the Super Eagles team which travelled the following year to Egypt for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament. Iwobi had a better showing at AFCON 2019, scoring the winner in a tense five-goal thriller against Cameroon in the quarterfinals.
He also won his first medal in national colours after Nigeria beat Tunisia in the third-place game to clinch bronze at the 2019 AFCON.
Iwobi To Everton
Everton signed Iwobi in 2019 after Iwobi left boyhood club Arsenal, citing lack of playing time and unhappiness at his role in the team.
So what’s Iwobi to Everton price?
According to reports, Arsenal received an initial £28m, which would increase to £34m with other contractual add-ons.
Iwobi recorded his first appearance for the Toffees in a two-nil away loss to Aston Villa in the EPL on August 23, 2019. He found the back of the net in Everton shirt for the first time in a 4-2 trouncing of Championship side Lincoln City in the EFL Cup.
Not one to rest on laurels, Iwobi scored his first EPL goal for Everton as they brushed off a determined Wolves side to win 3-2. Since then, he has continued to improve at the Merseyside outfit, especially under new coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Notably, he scored one and assisted another in Everton's a 5-2 win over Fleetwood Town in the Carabao cup in September, 2020. He has, however, received some criticism for poor showing on occasions, which have been made worse by injury.
In contrast, he has enjoyed a run of good form with the Nigerian national team. He recently scored a brace as the Super Eagles were held to a 4-4 draw by Sierra Leone in the 2021 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Alex Iwobi Salary
Iwobi signed a contract with Premier League side Everton in July 2019. Per reports, Iwobi will earn an annual salary of €4 million. The breakdown shows Iwobi earns €10,929 per day and €455 per hour.
Converted to local currency, Iwobi's salary means he makes over ₦1.8 billion per year, ₦4.9 million per day, and ₦205,000 per day. In all honesty, going through Iwobi's salary figures makes me want to quit writing and try my hands at football. I mean, who doesn't want to make all that money?
To put it in context, the minimum wage in Nigeria is ₦30,000. This means it would take td average worker around 13 months to earn just two days' worth of Iwobi's salary. Absolutely stupendous!
Alex Iwobi Net Worth
Several online sources put the worth of Alex Iwobi at €8.4 million, which is around ₦3.8 billion. He has a five-year contract at Everton that pays him about €4 million annually.
Since joining Everton in 2019, Iwobi's market value has increased steadily. Currently, Transfermarkt estimates the midfielder's market value to be €25.50 million. Converted to Naira, Iwobi's market value is around ₦11.51 billion.
Before I move on to talk about Iwobi's wife – or is it girlfriend now? – did you know the Everton man was included in Forbes 30 under 30 list in July 2019? Yeah, he was.
Alex Iwobi Wife
From my research, Alex Iwobi is not married to anyone at the moment. But, before the ladies start having fantasies of snagging Iwobi, reports suggest he is dating 23-year old model Erin Budina.
Before dating Erin, Iwobi was in a relationship with another model Clarisse Juliet. However, things ended years ago after Clarisse accused him of infidelity and broke up with him.
Having evaluated Iwobi's relationships, two things are obvious:
a) He has a thing for beautiful girls — hot models, to be specific
b) He has no intention of settling down soon with his career still taking a central role in his life.
Still, I can't help but imagine how it would look like if Iwobi ditched his foreign girls and settled for a girl of Nigerian descent. Maybe that would finally make him a proper Naija boy!
Alex Iwobi House
There's little information on the house(s) Iwobi owns. However, I did see a picture of a mansion in Nigeria belonging to the star. And boy, does he have an eye for luxury! The mansion reeks of opulence and luxury which is hardly surprising, given how much he earns.
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Alex Iwobi Hometown
According to Iwobi's father, Chuba, his hometown in Nigeria is Onitsha in Anambra State. Iwobi is in legendary company, as Nigeria's first President, Nnamdi Azikiwe, is also from Onitsha.
Other famous sons of Onitsha include mathematician Chike Obi, Ben Enwonwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the first black man to win an Olympic gold medal.
Alex Iwobi Family
Alex Iwobi has a Nigerian father, Chuba Iwobi, who is a lawyer and former amateur player. His mother is reportedly non-Nigerian.
He also has a sister named Marie Iwobi who he has a close relationship with.
Meanwhile, his maternal uncle is the famous Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha.
Alex Iwobi Cars
As the sure boy that he is, Iwobi has spent some of his money on procuring some really cool rides for himself.
He has been spotted in a BMW convertible and another Mercedes convertible on different occasions.
Iwobi reportedly bought matching vehicles for him and his girlfriend Clarisse while they dated.
Yeah, before I forget, Alex Iwobi does not own a private jet – at least not yet.
The private jet issue about him was a rented one when he was going on holiday.
There was a whole lot of fuss about it though as Everton fans were not easy with the Nigerian saying he was showing off his luxury lifestyle on social media whereas he was accused of performing below par at the club.
The fact that there was a Rolls Royce also seen in the photo was a specific cause of concern. See pic below:
Alex Iwobi Social Media
You can catch up with Alex Iwobi on Twitter at https://www.instagram.com/alexanderiwobi/.
You can also follow him on Twitter via: https://twitter.com/alexiwobi
This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago