The Highest Paid Footballer in Nigeria 2018 Currently

We wrote on the 2018 top 10 richest footballers in Africa in one of our previous posts and we listed the likes of Mikel, Yaya Toure, Eto etc. This time, we shall focus on who the current highest paid Nigerian footballer in the premier league this 2018 is, his salary and some fact about him.


The highest paid footballer in Nigeria is Manchester City young star, Kelechi Iheanacho. He turned highest earning Super Eagles star in the English Premier League, and all of Europe when he penned another two-year contract expansion that will see stay at the Etihad until 2021. Kelechi Iheanacho’s salary a week is £85,000.

With his new wages, Iheanacho toppled Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi who for a while has been on the top flight in football with a salary of 70,000 pounds a week. Mikel currently plays for Chelsea Football Club also in the English Premier League.

Recent Update 2018: Mikel now earns £140,000 weekly from his new club Tiajin Teda

While describing his new improved deal as a “dream come true”, the youngster said he could now “change lives”

The deal came to fruition despite Iheanacho’s new handlers being locked in an ownership tussle with the player’s previous representatives, who are based in the United States of America.

Following a string of outstanding displays in his 2015/16 breakout year, his agents had initially proposed a 50,000 pounds-per-week deal, a massive shift from his former 18,000 pounds-a-week pay when he first joined the club, according to Vanguard

Mikel’s compatriot at Stamford Bridge, Victor Moses salary at Chelsea FC is 50,000 pounds-a-week since joining Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in 2012, and hopes to be offered a new deal after an impressing start to the current campaign under new Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo, who turned down a whopping €100,000-a-week deal to the Chinese Super league last term, is believed to have improved on his 25,000 pounds-a-week pay following a contract extension at Vicarage Road

The former Golden Eaglet salary was 18,000 pounds-a-week when he first signed for Manchester City Football Club.
UPDATE: January 19, 2018 (Nairaland)

Before Ighalo had the honour of being the most expensive Nigerian player, it was previously held by ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for eleven years after the Blues splashed out €20m to secure his services from Lyn Oslo, with Manchester United also compensated.

The third and fourth most expensive transfers involving Nigerian players were completed in the last thirteen months.
Former Premier League champs Leicester City signed Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi plus Iheanacho for €19.5 million and €17.6 million respectively. The costliest Nigerian defender in history is Taribo West, thanks to his €12 million switch from Auxerre to Inter Milan in June 1997.

Thirteenth position currently belongs to Chelsea right wing-back Victor Moses, who moved to the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2012 from Wigan Athletic for €11.5 million.

Current Nigerian Transfer Record (Top 20)

1) Odion Ighalo – Watford to Changchun Yatai- €23.3m

2) Obi Mikel – Lyn Oslo to Chelsea – €20m

3) Ahmed Musa – CSKA to Leicester – €19.5m

4) Wilfred Ndidi – Genk to Leicester – €17.6m

5) Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Boro to Everton – €16.5m

6) Obafemi Martins – Inter to Newcastle – €16m

7) Isaac Success – Granada to Watford – €15m

8) Emmanuel Emenike – Spartak to Fenerbahce – €13m

9) Brown Ideye – Dynamo Kiev to WBA – €12.63m

10) Austin Okocha – Fenerbahce to PSG – €12.4

11) Taribo West – Auxerre to Inter – €12m

11) Brown Ideye – Olympiakos to Tianjin Teda – €12m

13) Victor Moses – Wigan to Chelsea – €11.5m

14) Anthony Ujah – Werder to Liaoning FC – €11.5m

15) Obafemi Martins – Newcastle to Wolfsburg – €10.5m

16) Sunday Oliseh – Ajax to Juventus – €10m

17) John Utaka – Rennes to Portsmouth – €10m

18) Peter Odemwingie- Lille to Lok Moscow – €10m

19) Finidi George – Ajax to Real Betis – €10m

20) Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce to Spartak – €10m

Updated: January 19, 2018 — 5:17 pm

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  1. i want to show the world that no matter were you from,you can make it if you believe in yourself

  2. But Mikel is still the highest paid now.

  3. Mikel is the high paid

  4. I wish my dream come true to be a player one day

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