Highest scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1 – is Terem Moffi top?

Highest scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1 – is Terem Moffi top?
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In the illustrious history of Nigerian footballers making their mark on the global stage, the French Ligue 1 stands out as a prominent arena where talents from the West African nation have shone brightly.

As discussions unfold regarding the highest-scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1, one name that has emerged at the forefront of the conversation is that of Terem Moffi.

With his impressive performances and prolific goal-scoring prowess, Moffi's name has become synonymous with success in the esteemed French league.

However, as we delve deeper into this topic, it's essential to explore Moffi's achievements in the context of other Nigerian luminaries who have graced the pitches of Ligue 1, uncovering whether Moffi indeed reigns supreme as the top scorer among his compatriots.

Terem Moffi reaches milestone: Scores 50th Ligue 1 career goal against Nantes

Terem Moffi stats
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In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Terem Moffi reached a significant milestone in his career on Sunday as he notched his 50th Ligue 1 goal against Nantes at the Allianz Riviera.

The 28-year-old striker demonstrated his prowess from the penalty spot, adding another chapter to his impressive goal-scoring record in the esteemed French league.

As Moffi continues to etch his name in the annals of Ligue 1 history, it's pertinent to assess his performance in the ongoing 2023/24 season.

Throughout the current campaign, Moffi has been a pivotal figure for his team, showcasing his talent and contributing immensely to their attacking endeavors.

In 24 league appearances, Moffi has been directly involved in 12 goals, finding the back of the net on 10 occasions and providing two crucial assists.

His clinical finishing and adeptness in front of goal have not only bolstered his team's performances but have also earned him widespread recognition as one of the standout performers in Ligue 1.

Moffi's journey to Ligue 1 stardom began in 2020 when he made the switch from Belgium's Kortrijk to Lorient.

During his tenure at Lorient, Moffi showcased his goal-scoring prowess, finding the back of the net 34 times in 87 appearances.

His impressive performances caught the attention of top clubs, leading to a loan spell at Nice last season, where he continued to excel, notching six goals in just 16 games.

Top 10 highest scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1

From legendary forwards to dynamic wingers, Nigerian players have consistently dazzled fans with their skill and determination on the pitch.

As we delve into the top 10 highest-scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1, we celebrate their remarkable achievements and lasting impact on the French league.

John Utaka – 59 goals

Leading the pack is the prolific John Utaka, whose illustrious career spanned eight seasons across three clubs. With an impressive tally of 59 goals, Utaka's lethal finishing and attacking flair made him a force to be reckoned with in Ligue 1.

Victor Ikpeba – 55 goals

Another Nigerian legend, Victor Ikpeba, showcased his goal-scoring prowess during his six seasons at AS Monaco. With 55 goals to his name, Ikpeba's clinical performances earned him widespread acclaim and admiration from fans and pundits alike.

Terem Moffi – 50 goals

The rising star and the youngest player on this list, Terem Moffi, has quickly made a name for himself in Ligue 1. Despite his young age, Moffi has already amassed an impressive total of 50 goals in just four seasons, establishing himself as one of the league's most promising talents.

Moses Simon – 25 goals

Moses Simon of Nigeria
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A dynamic winger for FC Nantes, Moses Simon has been a consistent goal threat throughout his five seasons in Ligue 1. With 25 goals to his name, Simon's electrifying pace and attacking flair have made him a fan favorite at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Peter Odemwingie – 23 goals

Known for his versatility and eye for goal, Peter Odemwingie enjoyed a successful spell at LOSC Lille, where he notched up 23 goals in just three seasons. Odemwingie's ability to score crucial goals in pivotal moments endeared him to fans across France.

Ricky – 18 goals

A journeyman striker who plied his trade at two clubs in Ligue 1, Ricky showcased his goal-scoring prowess with a total of 18 goals in three seasons. His physical presence and predatory instincts made him a handful for opposing defenders.

Taye Taiwo – 17 goals 

Renowned for his thunderous left foot and attacking prowess, Taye Taiwo enjoyed a successful seven-season stint at Olympique Marseille, where he scored 17 goals from the left-back position. Taiwo's ability to contribute both defensively and offensively made him a valuable asset to any team.

Brown Ideye – 17 goals 

A powerful striker who featured for FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, Brown Ideye made a significant impact during his two seasons in Ligue 1, tallying 17 goals. Ideye's aerial prowess and clinical finishing made him a constant threat in the opposition box.

Victor Osimhen – 13 goals

Victor OSIMHEN for Lille during the Ligue 1
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The youngest player on this list, Victor Osimhen, burst onto the Ligue 1 scene with LOSC Lille, scoring 13 goals in just one season. Osimhen's pace, agility, and instinctive finishing ability have drawn comparisons to some of the game's greatest strikers.

Jay-Jay Okocha – 12 goals 

Rounding off our list is the mercurial Jay-Jay Okocha, whose sublime skills and creativity lit up the pitch during his four seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. Despite primarily operating as an attacking midfielder, Okocha chipped in with 12 goals, showcasing his versatility and goal-scoring prowess.

Table of the highest scoring Nigerians in Ligue 1

# Player Team Age Seasons Appearances Goals
1 John Utaka For 3 clubs 42 8 239 59
2 Victor Ikpeba AS Monaco 50 6 170 55
3 Terem Moffi For 2 clubs 24 4 125 50
4 Moses Simon FC Nantes 28 5 145 25
5 Peter Odemwingie LOSC Lille 42 3 75 23
6 Ricky For 2 clubs 62 3 70 18
7 Taye Taiwo Olympique Marseille 38 7 191 17
8 Brown Ideye FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 35 2 52 17
9 Victor Osimhen LOSC Lille 25 1 27 13
10 Jay-Jay Okocha Paris Saint-Germain 50 4 84 12
11 Wilson Oruma For 3 clubs 47 10 196 11
12 Samuel Kalu FC Girondins Bordeaux 26 4 72 9
13 Josh Maja FC Girondins Bordeaux 25 4 47 9
14 Bartholomew Ogbeche For 3 clubs 39 4 84 9
15 Akor Adams Montpellier HSC 24 1 25 7

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

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