|Name||Taiwo Micheal Awoniyi|
|Born||12 August 1997 (25 years)|
|Birthplace||Kwara State, Nigeria|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Taiwo Michael Awoniyi, known as Taiwo Awoniyi, is a Nigerian football player who plays as a striker for Premier League side Nottingham Forest and the Nigeria national football team, the Super Eagles.
Taiwo Awoniyi beginnings
Taiwo Michael Awoniyi was born to Mary Motunrayo and Elder Solomon Adewoye Awoniyi in Illorin, Kwara state.
His father, Elder Solomon, was a policeman who was only able to provide just enough to help his family survive. Taiwo found joy in playing football and soon, he got into the Kwara Football Academy.
There he would meet José Mourinho, who was on tour in Africa. It was during this visit and the exhibition tournament which he participated in that led him to be discovered by the much bigger Imperial Soccer Academy, which gave him the necessary push to take his career in the direction it is currently going in at the moment.
Taiwo Awoniyi club career
Taiwo Awoniyi moved to Liverpool in 2015 following a string of success stories thanks to his affiliation with Imperial Soccer Academy, owned by former Super Eagles midfielder Seyi Olofinjana.
However, Liverpool sent him on a string of loan spells across Europe to help him develop, but never really gave him the chance to show the fruits of his development while wearing the club's colours.
Awoniyi played for clubs in Germany, Holland and Belgium before he sealed a move to Mainz 05, another club in Germany, where his fortunes changed. He impressed in the half season he spent with Mainz, enough for Union Berlin to take the risk with him.
Awoniyi put in the performance of his career on loan with Union Berlin, helping them make a mark in their return to the Bundesliga after more than a decade away.
He would sign on a permanent basis and rise to the top of the rankings in the Bundesliga strikers' power list, leading to Nottingham Forest signing him in 2022.
On 20 May 2023, Awoniyi scored the goal that secured Nottingham Forest's stay in the Premier League after a season spent fighting relegation.
Taiwo Awoniyi national team career
Taiwo Awoniyi is an alumni of one of the best U-17 teams the Nigerian Football Federation has put together. He played alongside AFCON 2023 squad hopefuls Kelechi Iheanacho and Francis Uzoho.
They won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates which Victor Osimhen and his mates would defend two years later in Chile. However, it took him until 2021 to make his debut for the Super Eagles thanks to his erratic club career after his successes in the Nigeria youth teams.
He made his debut in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against the Central Africa Republic. He made the AFCON 2021 squad and led the line for Nigeria at that tournament.
He is expected to make the AFCON 2023 squad as well for his great performances with Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
Taiwo Awoniyi personal life
Taiwo Awoniyi is a twin. His twin sister, Kehinde Awoniyi, is his best friend. Outside his parents, his elder brother, Victor Awoniyi, is his father figure.
Taiwo Awoniyi got married in 2018 to his childhood sweetheart, Taiye Jesudun, who is also a twin. They have a son, Emmanuel Awoniyi, who was born in 2020.
They are a devout Christian family who enjoys spending time together travelling the world and enjoying the sights.
Taiwo Awoniyi wife
Your search for “Taiwo Awoniyi Wife” will end here because you will find adequate information in the coming sections.
It has already been established that the big man is a twin who married a twin. Taiwo and Taiye celebrated their fifth anniversary in June 2023 and posted pictures commemorating the auspicious moment on his social media accounts. They are also celebrating a love that has lasted almost two decades.
Taiwo Awoniyi met Taiye Jesudun when he was a football-mad student of his local secondary school. Born to a retired police officer with humble means, he had self esteem issues which hampered his socialisation skills. He could also not afford to take good meals to school as a result of his background.
Taiwo had a secret crush on Taiye, however, and this presented him with the opportunity to both quell his hunger and get close to her in some way. He would make away with some of her food in a playful manner, expecting her to react. She never did, and their funny dynamic continued until Taiwo found his first break in football.
After playing in front of hundreds and thousands of fans, he had built some confidence. With this confidence, he sought out Taiye a few years later and confessed his feelings. The rest, as they say, is history, and now, the search for “Taiwo Awoniyi Wife” on any search engine brings up the name, Taiye Jesudun, and pictures of their little family which includes their son, Emmanuel.
Taiwo Awoniyi salary
Nigeria national football team players are taking the world by storm and as such, are earning well with their talents. Information on your “Taiwo Awoniyi Salary, Contract and Net Worth” search can be found below.
Taiwo Awoniyi Salary and Contract: After saying no to West Ham United and a number of clubs all across Europe, Taiwo Awoniyi signed a five-year contract with Nottingham Forest on 1 July, 2022. He cost the club £17.5 million in transfer fees, making him their most expensive signing in history. They placed him on £50,000 per week, which sums up to £2,600,000. At the end of his five-year contract in July 2027, he will have earned £13,000,000.
Taiwo Awoniyi Net Worth: Taiwo Awoniyi was on the payroll of Liverpool – who sent him on several loan spells to the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany – and Union Berlin. In that time, he earned between £250,000 and £450,000 a year. Nottingham Forest is his biggest jump in earnings, and after one season with the Tricky Trees, his net worth has jumped to £12.6 million ($16 million).
Taiwo Awoniyi house
There is not much information when you search up the words, “Taiwo Awoniyi house” on the internet. This is because the striker is a private man who lives a quiet life away from the media.
He often shares pictures and video clips of his family, his work as a football player, his philanthropic efforts and his attendance at church but not if his house, which he considers to be his sacred space.
Goalball Live gathers that Taiwo Awoniyi has a house in Ilorin, Kwara State, where he grew up. He also built one for his parents in the same state. Outside Kwara, he only has apartments which he leases for whenever he is in a certain city. The same is applicable to his professional career, as he only rents houses in the cities where his football team is domiciled.
Taiwo Awoniyi tournament/competitions attended and career stats
|FIFA 2013 U-17 World Cup||Nigeria U-17 national team||4||5|
|FIFA 2015 U-20 World Cup||Nigeria U-20 national team||2||2|
|2015 AFCON U-20 championship||Nigeria U-20 national team||3||–|
|2015 AFCON U-23 championship||Nigeria U-23 national team||1||–|
|AFCON 2021||Nigeria Super Eagles||1||–|
|World Cup qualifiers||Nigeria Super Eagles||–||–|
|International friendlies||Nigeria Super Eagles||–||–|
|U21 Allsvenskan Södra||Kalmar FF||1||–|
|DFB-Pokal||FSV Frankfurt, Mainz 05, Union Berlin||1||2|
|2. Bundesliga||FSV Frankfurt||1||1|
|KNVB Beker||NEC Nijmegen||–||–|
|Beloften Eerste Divisie||NEC Nijmegen||5||1|
|Beker Van Belgie||Royal Excel Mouscron, KAA Gent||3||1|
|Jupiler Pro League||Royal Excel Mouscron, KAA Gent||14||7|
|UEFA European Conference League||Union Berlin||2||–|
|Bundesliga||Mainz 05, Union Berlin||21||5|
|Premier League||Nottingham Forest||9||1|
|EFL (Carabao) Cup||Nottingham Forest||1||–|
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago