The year is drawing to an end and some Nigerian footballers have made a lot in their various football clubs. With the like of Obafemi Martins, Victor Moses and Mikel Obi, sit back and enjoy our list of the seven richest footballers in Nigeria 2015.
1. Austin Jay Jay Okocha
The number one spot goes to Austin Jay Jay Okocha who is one of the very best footballers to come out of Nigeria and indeed the African continent. Okocha has a football career of over 20 years in top teams in Germany, Turkey, England and oil rich Qatar. While he is more known for his club and relaxation spot, CLUB 10, Okocha actually controls a conglomerate, named ‘Jay Jay Okocha Group West Africa Limited’ which is said to be employing over 250 staff.
Sources also gathered that the conglomerate is into many businesses which include operation of a bureau de change, restaurant, bar, importation of consumer goods such as cars and wine, provision of security personnel and equipment. Okocha’s company is also into property development, road construction, sales and distribution of electronics, and soccer players’ management.
The company which was incorporated about seven years ago went into full operation in 2008 shortly after the former national team player retired from active football. Okocha’s Club 10 ranks very high amongst night clubs in the country.
His total net worth is set at $150 Million.
2. Kanu Wankwo
Although retired, Kanu popularly known as “Papilo” has made a lot of money in football, after playing for top clubs like Ajax FC, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Brom, and Pompey Portsmouth. At the last check, King Kanu earned as much as £30,000 weekly at Championship side, Pompey before the club had financial problems.
Apart from football the lanky striker make his money from wise investments in Real Estate, Hospitality, Oil and Gas, etc. His other investments includes an hotel in Victoria Island called Hardley Apartments which cost about $600 million to establish he also owns a multi million dollars photo-shop in Allen Avenue in Lagos and three other mansions in Park View, Ikoyi and the Kanu Heart Foundation as well as business interests in shipping in Europe. Last year, Kanu was duped of $104 million by his manager, meaning he actually worth more.
His net worth is $100million.
As one of the key players of Chelsea FC squad, Mikel Obi has achieved great success at Chelsea winning the Premier League and Champions League amongst others.
John Obi Mikel collects $120,000,(N20m), per week excluding bonuses, and income from participating in the UEFA Champions League. Mikel Endorsement deals includes Pepsi, Samsung and Amstel Malta and has a total net worth of $50 million
Yak as he’s popularly called in the English league played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers before he moved to Chinese club Guangzhou where he earned £5,040,000 yearly. These put together made him one of the richest African footballers.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni is now playing for a football club in Turkey where he is still earning big, he has acquired properties, cars and investments worth millions of naira over the years that his total net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
5. Obafemi Martins
Obafemi Martins is one of the highest paid player in United States Major League Soccer, with an annual salary of $2,400,000.00. The 28-year-old striker owns 2 mansions at VGC Lagos worth N500 million, a massive home in Como, Italy valued at N800 Million, and top hotels in Italy. He splashed N400million on his charity foundation not too long ago. He drives a Lamboghini worth N50m,Porsche Gemballa worth N20m, Bmw X6worth N 18M,and a Ferrarri sport car.
Known as one of the key players of Seattle Sounders FC squad, Obafemi currently earns £1,100,000 yearly. His total net worth is $35 million.
With an annual salary of $4,550,000, Victor Moses currently playing for Stoke City has a net worth of $18,200,000 and a market value at $9,100,000