Money List 2023: The Highest Paid Nigerian Players

Money List 2023: The Highest Paid Nigerian Players
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Historically, Nigeria is known to be a country that produces high level talents that are capable of playing at the highest level of the sport. In this article, we look at some of the highest paid Nigerian players in 2023 and how they acquired their wealth.

The Nigerian players' performances for their club and their contribution to the team’s success increases the value they bring to the team and they are rewarded with handsome wages. 

These players also feature for the Nigeria national football team because of their ability and give their all for the Super Eagles shirt. We take a look at the top three highest paid Nigerian players in 2023.

List of highest paid Nigerian players in 2023

Victor Osimhen, Napoli – €246,538 (N245,756,474.54)

Topping the list of the highest paid Nigerian players is Napoli's prolific striker and the reigning 2023 African Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen.

In a groundbreaking move in December 2023, Osimhen secured a new contract with Napoli, effectively doubling his previous salary.

At the age of 24, the star forward is set to earn an impressive gross base salary of €12,820,000 for the 2023-2024 season, equating to €246,538 per week, exclusive of additional bonuses.

Osimhen's lucrative deal not only underscores his exceptional on-field performances but also positions him as one of the top earners among Nigerian football talents on the global stage.

Osimhen’s name will be the number one headline on Super Eagles news everywhere as the biggest clubs across Europe are fighting for his signature and a move will mean more money for Osimhen.

Nigeria will also be reliant on him as he will be crucial to their push for AFCON 2023.

Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City – $100,000 (N50 million)

Leicester City’s holding midfielder is the 2nd in the highest paid Nigerian players list. The 26-year-old has been a rock in midfield for his club and the Super Eagles with his robust tackling ability and elite defensive awareness. 

He has been a vital part of his club’s success in previous seasons and has an FA Cup winners medal to show for it.

This season, however, has not been a great one for the midfielder, as his performance levels have dropped and his club is battling for survival in the Premier League.

If he rediscovers his form, he will once again be seen as one of the top defensive midfielders in Africa as well as Europe.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City – $80,000 (N36.8 million)

Ndidi’s Leicester City and Super Eagles teammate rounds up this highest paid Nigerian players list. The talented attacking midfielder has been one of the more prominent players in the Leicester City team fighting for Premier League survival.

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This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago

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