TOP 5 HIGHEST-PAID NIGERIAN FOOTBALLERS Nigerian footballers, like their colleagues all over the world, are considered to be elite earners. However, many Nigerians do not know in real terms how much these guys earn. So today, we look at the top 5 highest-paid Nigerian players: Note: Conversion rate; N1= £557 1. Odion Ighalo/Manchester United-£130,000 (N71M) per week Striker Odion Ighalo might have been on top of this list by a wider margin if he never took a pay cut to join Manchester United on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020. Instead of the £300,000 per week wage he was on in China, the 30-year-old took an almost 44% pay cut to join Manchester United on a £130,000 per week deal. Ighalo will play for Manchester United until January 2021 after he extended his loan deal. 2. Victor Moses/Chelsea, Inter-£110,000 (N60M) per week Victor Moses is a well-travelled footballer but while he has been in Turkey and now Italy, his wages remain £110,000 per week after he signed an extension with the London club in March 2017. He has been on that pay while he played for Fenerbahce and Inter on loan from Chelsea. That contract runs out in the summer of 2021. 3. Wilfred Ndidi/Leicester City-£75,000 (N41M) per week Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Premier League with Leicester City. Ndidi joined the Foxes in January 2017 and was good right away. Since then, he has proven to be one of the most consistent midfielders in the whole of Europe. He was rewarded with a six-year contract in August 2018. With that contract, the 23-year-old is on £75,000 per week. 4. Ahmed Musa/Al-Nassr & Kelechi Iheanacho/Leicester City- £60,000 (N33M) per week The fourth position is a tie between Ahmed Musa who plays for Al-Nassr and Kelechi Iheanacho who plays for Leicester City. They both earn £60,000 weekly. After impressing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Saudi Arabia went all out to get Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa. Al-Nassr gave the Nigerian a deal that would earn him £60, 000 on a weekly basis. Kelechi Iheanacho joined Leicester City in the summer of 2017 as a highly-rated teenager for the reported sum of £25 million. The striker was put on a weekly salary of £60,000 which makes him one of the top-earning Nigerian players. 5. Alex Iwobi/Everton-£50,000 (N27.3M) Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi in the summer of 2019 left his boyhood club Arsenal to join Everton. The move didn’t give Iwobi a bigger pay, instead, he remained on the same weekly salary he had at Arsenal. CTA: Which of these players are your favourite?
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