Richest Footballer In Nigeria – Top 10

Richest Footballer In Nigeria – Top 10

Who is the richest footballer in Nigeria? Usually, there are many variables to this question, but we’ll keep it simple and restrict this discourse to the salaries the players earn as of 2024.

Restricting it to their current salaries keeps out the likes of John Obi Mikel, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Odion Ighalo and Obafemi Martins, who, on account of accumulated wealth over the years, top the list of richest footballer in Nigeria.

So, back to the question. Which player is the richest footballer in Nigeria? Here are our top ten based on current earnings.

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The Richest Footballer In Nigeria – Top 10

10 – Ademola Lookman (£41,000)
Networth – £14 million | Market Value – €30m

Ademola Lookman top richest footballer in Nigeria
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Ademola Lookman looks simple and rarely displays a flamboyant lifestyle. The former Everton player who found his groove with Atalanta is number ten on our Richest footballer in Nigeria list.

Lookman’s highest pay day was at Fulham, where he earned over £50,000 weekly and has seen it drop significantly through Leicester City to Atalanta.

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9 – Emmanuel Dennis (£42,000)
Networth – £8,000,000 | Market Value – €5.5m

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Emmanuel Dennis is on loan at Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir. He joined from Nottingham Forest and earns £2,184,000 per year.

He has a net worth of £8,112,000. He has not turned up in the Turkish League but still goes home with a decent weekly wage.

On current form, he might see his wages drop in future.

8 – Calvin Bassey earns (£45,000)
Networth – £2.1 Million | Market Value – €16m

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Calvin Bassey joined Fulham from Ajax after a stint in the Scottish Premier League. He has not cemented his place with the Premier League club but goes home with a yearly salary of £2,340,000.

Bassey is one of the lowest earners in our richest footballer in Nigeria list with £45,000 per week wages.

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7 – Taiwo Awoniyi earns (£50,000)
Networth – £12.6 million | Market Value – €28m

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Taiwo Awoniyi, who missed AFCON 2023, is one of the top earners in the Nigerian football circle. The former Union Berlin striker has earned his weight in goals and goes home with a more than decent weekly wage.

Awoniyi earns £50,000 weekly.

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6 – Joe Aribo earns (£70,000)
Networth – £8 million | Market Value – €6m

Joe Aribo - Richest footballer in Nigeria
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By any standard, Joe Aribo is a top earner in football. It is surprising how much he earns, as his mien does not give a clue about the money he goes home with weekly.

At £70,000 per week, Aribo is the highest earner at Southampton following the departure of Ward Prowse.

 

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5 – Wilfred Ndidi earns (£75,000)
Networth – £25 million | Market Value – €18m

Wilfred Ndidi - richest footballer in Nigeria
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Demotion to the Championship has seen Wilfred Ndidi’s salary drop a notch. Despite the drop, the defensive midfielder earns a decent weekly wage.

Not many Premier League players earn as much as Ndidi does. He makes our list of the richest footballer in Nigeria at £75,000 a week.

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4 – Kelechi Iheanacho
Networth – £30 million | Market Value – €16m

Kelechi Iheanacho - Richest Footballer in Nigeria
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Kelechi Iheanacho has paid his dues in the English Premier League and has seen his value and net worth rise.

He earns an estimated annual salary at Leicester City of £4,160,000 a year, which equates to £80,000 a week.

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3 – Samuel Chukwueze (£84,000)
Networth – £4 million | Market Value – €23m

Samuel Chukwueze - richest footballer in Nigeria
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Samuel Chukwueze is the biggest jumper in the list. At Villarreal, the winger earned less than £20,000 per week, but his lucrative deal with AC Milan has seen his salary jump more than four times.

The Abia state-born Super Eagles forward now earns a whopping £4,368,000 annually. Chukwueze has finally joined the big boys.

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2 – Alex Iwobi (£100,000)
Networth – £31 million | Market Value – €35.9m

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A retrospective look at Alex Iwobi's earnings reveals an interesting trajectory: In the 2023-2024 season, he earns £100,000 per week, totalling an annual salary of £5,200,000. In the 2022-2023 season, his earnings stood at £50,000 per week, amounting to £2,600,000 annually.

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1 – Victor Osimhen (£170,000)
Networth – £8.5 million | Market Value – €110m

Victor Osimhen - richest footballer in Nigeria
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The freshly crowned African player of the year saw his current deal, set to expire in 2025, improve dramatically.

The Italian media reported that his salary has more than doubled to €10m (£8.7m) a season, with a release clause between €120m and €130m.

Based on earnings alone, Victor Osimhen is currently the richest footballer in Nigeria.

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Note that only the net worth of active Nigerian footballers with available estimated net worth for 2021 is considered on this list of top 10 richest footballers in Nigeria.                  

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago