The Richest Footballer In Nigeria

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Nigeria is a soccer loving nation of over 200 million black
people and over the years we have seen an influx of talented Nigerian players leave the shore of Nigeria in search of a better and brighter career overseas. 

There are actually over one hundred Nigerian born footballers actively playing for different clubs and divisions all over the world,these players are paid handsomely well in foreign currency. 

Now this leads to the million dollar question which is who is the current richest foootballer in Nigeria. 

No doubt there are many top high earning Nigerian footballers that are playing in top football clubs around the world,but who is the richest footballer amongst all of them this year.

In this post we shall quickly take a look at the facts and details of the richest footballer in Nigeria this year. 

The Richest Footballer In Nigeria

There are a few facts to consider before we bestow the crown of the richest footballer in Nigeria on it's winner.

 First of all we have to check the number of years the footballer has played football,the footballer's achievemennts,total amount of money the footballer received in his previous club and the current money he is being paid on a weekly basis,and also the quality of clubs the footballer has played for. 

The Richest Footballer In Nigeria?

The richest footballer in Nigeria this year is no other than John Michael Obinna popularly known as John Mikel Obi. 

He is rated a the richest Nigerian player this year 2019,he is estimated to be worth about N2 - 3.5 Billion Naira. 


Listed below is the list of achievement of John Mikel Obi and some quick facts about the richest footballer in Nigeria that your probably never knew.

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Mikel Obi Football Achievements 

  • UEFA Champions League winner
  • 1x Europa League winner
  • 2015 & 2010  English Champion winner
  • 4x English FA Cup winner
  • 2x Champions League runner-up
  • 2x English League Cup winner
  • 1x English League Cup runner-up
  • 2x World Cup participant
  • 1x 2013 Africa Cup winner
  • 2013 Confederations Cup participant
  • 1x English Super Cup winner
  • 2010  Community Shield winner

Mikel Obi Top 10 Quick Facts

1. John Obi Mikel hails from Anambra State,but grew up in Jos Nigeria. He was born in April 22, 1987 in Plateau state,Jos as John Michael Nchekwube. 

2. John Mikel Obi attended his primary school in Jos,he was discovered in Jos by an agent living close to his house.

His football career kicked off at the age of 12 when he was selected from over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy. 

The youngster went on to play for Plateau United, a local club in the Nigerian premier League,after his performance at the FIFA Under 17 World Championships held in 
Finland,he went ahead to secure a spot at Oslo based club Lyn Fotball in Norway.
From Lyn Fotball in Norway he later transferred to Chelsea football club. 

3. Mikel is one of the most decorated African footballer of all times. 

4. Mikel currently plays as a midfielder for Tianjin TEDA a contract which he signed till 2019.

5. Mikel has been in a long relationship with his Russian girlfriend Olga Diyachenko,this relationship has resulted in the birth of twin girls,Olga's father is a rich businessman with a chain businesses,apart from his two daughters with his girlfriend he also has a son and daughter from a previous relationship,both from different women,he has a total of four children. 

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6. Mikel's father runs an inter state transport company in Jos.

7. Mikel has a fleet of exotic foreign cars which includes a Bentley Continental GT,Mercedes G Wagon,Black Mercedes G 500 etc. 

8. Mikel's real name is Michael,but he chooses to be called Mikel after the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) mistakenly submitted "Michael" as "Mikel".

After the tournament in Finland,he decided to adopt Mikel as his new name,he later won the Silver Ball at Finland while Messi won the gold ball. 

9. Mikel is the current captain of the super eagles of Nigeria.

10. Mikel has different multinational endorsement deals with Samsung,Pepsi,Peak,Amstel Malta Etc.