Super Eagles' Raphael Onyedika is one of Nigeria’s exciting prospects in Europe. Read on as we look into his professional and personal life, revealing his salary, net worth, clubs he has played for, and girlfriend.
Raphael Onyedika biography
Raphael Onyedika, born on 19 April 2001 in Imo State, Nigeria, has grown in the past five years from street football to playing in Europe and even in the UEFA Champions League.
Known for his steel, strength, incredible speed, and excellent passing range. He currently plays for Belgian side Club Brugge and the Nigeria national team.
At 22 years of age, he is on the rise and on the right path towards reaching the pinnacle of club football in Europe.
Raphael Onyedika has a height of 1.84 meters (6 feet 0 inches) – a good structure for a player who plays in defensive midfield or even as a box-to-box midfielder.
Raphael Onyedika currently wears the number 15 jersey at Club Brugge and continues to captivate football enthusiasts with his domineering performances and top-level displays.
Raphael Onyedika club career
Raphael Onyedika's remarkable club career journey to Club Brugge just happened like that and it is simply exceptional.
The young lad moved from street football to the Belgian club all happened within the space of six years. Raphael Onyedika began playing on the streets of Owerri, just like most of the kids in that part of the club.
As luck would have it, he was spotted by the renowned Academy, FC Ebedei, and was signed just at the age of 15. After just three years there, Raphael Onyedika moved to the academy of FC Midtjylland in Denmark, an affiliate club to FC Ebedei, shortly after his 18th birthday.
It took a while for him to settle in, and in his first full season in FC Midtjylland, he impressed in the U19 League and in the UEFA Youth League with his physique, speed, and ball-carrying abilities.
Having seen his rich potential just a year after his arrival, the Danish clubs quickly offered Raphael Onyedika his first professional contract, signing a five-year deal until June 2025.
In a bid to aid his development and top-level experience, Raphael Onyedika was sent out on loan to Midtjylland's affiliate club, Danish 1st Division-side FC Fredericia, on 19 August 2020 for the whole 2020–21 season.
During his loan spell, Raphael Onyedika enjoyed enough playing time, featuring in 28 games and scoring three goals. In fact, he was named in TV3 Sport's team of the year in the Danish 1st Division.
Upon his return to Midtjylland in the summer of 2021, Raphael Onyedika was promoted to the first team squad and made his official debut for Midtjylland on 16 July 2021 against Odense Boldklub, playing the entire duration of the game in the season opener.
After just a year in the senior team at Midtjylland, Raphael Onyedika joined Belgian side Club Brugge on 28 August 2022, on a five-year deal.
Raphael Onyedika International Career
Raphael Onyedika's international career has not really kicked off. He has only made an appearance for the Super Eagles and it came in the 2-1 loss to Algeria in a friendly back in 2022.
Raphael Onyedika honours
Danish Cup 2021/2022
FC Midtjylland U19
Danish Youth Champion 2021
Raphael Onyedika market value
Raphael Onyedika's market value is presently valued at €9.00 million and has the potential to rise more if he manages to improve his performance at Club Brugge. On the world stage, he ranks at an impressive 1,057 among all players.
In the Jupiler League in Belgium, he is ranked 13th among all players in the league. At his club, he is the sixth most valuable player and is currently ranked 15th among all players from Nigeria.
Positionally, as a defensive midfielder, he is ranked 86th among all players in this role. Additionally, his birth year places him at 77 among all players born in the year 2001.
Raphael Onyedika net worth and salary
Raphael Onyedika’s net worth is estimated to be in the region of $2-7 million. The FC Midtjylland midfielder earns a decent £11,000 weekly at Club Brugge, a number that amounts to £572,000 annually.
Raphael Onyedika girlfriend
Raphael Onyedika has not put any information about his love life publicly, hence it is not available.
A rising profile
After one season with Club Brugge, Raphael Onyedika's market value has risen, with his transfer value estimated at between €14.6M and €24.3M.
The Nigerian midfielder, likened to Paul Pogba, has also seen his EA Sports FC 24 statistics rise.
Onyedika has an overall rating of 73 and is ranked 2910. The former FC Midtjylland midfielder is rated with a high defensive work rate and a medium attacking work rate.
Onyedika hopes to get his second cap for the Super Eagles following his invitation for the friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique.
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