Richest Nigerian Footballers 2016/2017 Top 5 [Highest Paid]
It takes talent and passion to become a professional footballer . Nigerian youth are so passionate on becoming a footballer forgeting the fact that they have to possess the necessary skills and in addition built and develop new football skills to the existing ones that can take them to the height of their football career . The richest Nigerian Footballers today took time to work on their skills for years before they were able to get to the very top of their balling career .
Football is one thing every Nigerian youth dream of each day because they know what it is all about in terms of the pay . It no longer shocking to learn that footballers are among the richest people in the world today and on thesame ground Nigerian footballers are among the richest people in Nigeria . There is this argument i came accross on social media where football fans were deliberating on who the richest Nigerian footballer is. OK ! let me throw the question to you my readers , who is the richest and highest payed Nigerian footballers 2016/2017 ? i know many football fans out there don’t even have the right answer to this question because they weren’t expecting it .
In case you don’t know you are still welcome because we are going to be listing out for our readers including you that is reading this The Top 5 Richest Nigerian Footballers 2016/2017 .
1. Austin Jay Jay Okocha
To my football lovers Austin Jay Jay Okocha needs no introduction at all because he is the biggest name in the history of Nigerian football till date . Apart from being at the number one spot on the list of Nigerian richest footballer , his name still rings bell when we are also discussing Africa at large . His mind blowing skills made him very famous but critics says he dribbles too much and that is why he hasn’t been able to win any award .
Okocha played for top teams of Germany, Qatar, Turkey and England like Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris St-Germain, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. In 2003 and 2004 the ace footballer won BBC African Footballer of the Year. When his football career ended he ventured into business and he controls a conglomerate, named ‘Jay Jay Okocha Group West Africa Limited’. He is also into club and relaxation ,bureau de change, restaurant, bar, importation of consumer goods and so on .
2. Kanu Nwankwo
Austin Jay Jay Okocha secured the number one spot on this list while at the number two spot is another football legend that has made name for years now and he is popularly called “Papilo” . Talking about people that has made cash from football if you don’t mention his name you are just playing and joking . Kanu Nwankwo is one of the biggest fish in Nigerian football who has played for his country and other big foreign clubs like Arsenal . He has played for top clubs like Ajax FC, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Brom, and Pompey Portsmouth , this man always shine where ever he is because talent speaks for him .
He also have other investment in Real Estate, Hospitality, Oil and Gas, etc . We gathered that he has a hotel in Victoria Island called Hardley Apartments which cost about $600 million . In addition , he owns a multi million dollars photo-shop in Allen Avenue in Lagos and 3 other mansions in Park View, Ikoyi , Kanu Heart Foundation as well as business interests in shipping in Europe . Incase you are busing disturbing your brain thinking of how he is gathering that fat cash then think about all his investments .
3. John Mikel Obi
At the number three spot is another talented player , Mikel Obi . I now call him papa twins because his wife gave birth to two set of twins not too long ago , OMG you need to see them if you haven’t . Mikel Obi is one of the biggest boys amongst Nigerian football , and among the first set of Nigerian football stars that was signed by foreign clubs . He is a Chelsea FC player who is very important to his squad, and have contributed greatly to the success of the team . He also has a mouth watering Endorsement deals for Pepsi, Samsung and Amstel Malta . Mikel owns houses in Nigeria and abroad , he owns not less than five flashing cars .
4. Obafemi Martins
Obafemi Martins is another wealthy Nigerian footballer and he is the highest paid player in United States Major League Soccer, with an annual salary of $2,400,000.00. He loves automobiles and well known for always spending that cash to get what he desire in live . We were also able to gather that he loves hanging out every weekend and he love to party . He has played for numbers of foriegn clubs in Europe, Germany and England .
5. Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Finally , the last person on this list is no other person than Yakubu Aiyegbeni . He is popularly called Yak , he has played for top clubs like Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers and Chinese club Guangzhou . With the fat money he earns from his career , he has been able to acquire wealth ranging from properties, cars and investments . Yakubu Aiyegbeni is the owner of one Yak Hotel in Auchi, Edo State and he also owns petrol station in Benin city, which is run by his brother Momo . Just like Mikel Obi and the rest of them , he loves cars .
There are also other rich Nigerian footbaler tho they didn’t make the top 5 . They include;