It is a generally accepted fact that the most expensive players in the world are the best in the game. This set of people are also known to play in the biggest teams in Europe. Although there are limited Nigerians players in the biggest teams in Europe, the few that play for big teams were also bought for huge amounts.
This article focuses on the 6 most expensive Nigerian players in Europe. It begins with the most expensive and goes all the way down to the least expensive.
These are the top 6 most expensive Nigerian footballers in Europe.
Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City to Leicester City €25 million
Kelechi Iheanacho is the most expensive Nigerian footballer of all time both in Europe and out of Europe. He took over the position of the most expensive Nigerian player from Odion Ighalo and the position of the most expensive Nigeria player in Europe from John Mikel Obi.
Kelechi Promise Iheanacho was born on the 3rd of October, 1996. He came into lime light after Nigeria won the U-17 FIFA World cup in 2013. Kelechi made his Super Eagles debut in a world cup qualifier against Swaziland. Although he is yet to have lots of medals and awards to his name, he is regarded as one of the most promising Nigerian professional football players of this generation.
Kelechi Iheanacho signed for Leicester City on the 3rd of August, 2017 for a record fee of €25 million. His contract with the Premier League side is expected to keep him in the English club till 2022.
Ahmed Musa CSKA Moscow to Leicester City- €19 million
Super Eagles and Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa is the second most expensive Nigerian player in Europe. He was signed from Russian giants CSKA Moscow for a fee of €19 million. He took over the position of the second most expensive Nigerian player in Europe after John Mikel Obi left Chelsea to play in the Chinese Super league
Musa was born on the 14th of October, 1992 in Jos. He began his professional football career in 2008 with GBS Football Academy. He then joined JUTH on loan. He went on to play for KANO Pillars before joining VVV Venlo in 2010. After about two seasons with Venlo, Musa joined CSKA Moscow in 2012 after signing a four year deal with the Russian club.
Since making his national team debut in 2010, Musa has had 58 caps for his country and has scored 11 goals. Two of those goals were scored in the world cup in 2014.
Wilfred Ndidi KRC Genk to Leicester City-€17 million
Leicester City and Super Eagles midfielder comes third on our list of the most expensive Nigerian players in Europe. He joined one time Champions Leicester City from Belgian club KRC Genk. The 21 year old Nigerian International is of the three Nigeria players in the Premier league side.
Wilfred Onyiye Ndidi was born on the 16th of December, 1996. The 6 ft. 2 inches footballer started his professional football career with Belgian club Genk in 2015. Also, Ndidi made his Super Eagles debut in 2015 in a friendly match against DR Congo
Ndidi joined Leicester City from Genk for a fee of 17 million on the 3rd of December, 2016. However, he did not make his debut until the 7th of January, 2017.
Isaac Success Granada to Watford-€15 million
Isaac Success might not make to the list of the most popular Nigerian players in Europe. However, he has made it to the list of the most expensive Nigeria internationals in Europe. The 21 year old footballer joined Watford from La liga side Grenada for a fee of 15 million. His contract with Watford is expected to keep him in the English club till 2021.
Isaac Success was born on the 7th of January, 1996 in Benin City. The Nigerian forward started his professional football career with the Granada in 2014. After a successful spell at Granada, he moved to Watford after the club agreed to the price tag attached to him. Isaac success got invited to the senior team in 2016 but made his senior team debut for Nigeria on the 23rd of March, 2017. He came in as a substitute in the friendly march between Nigeria and Senegal.
Emmanuel Emenike, Spartak Moscow to Fenerbahce- €13 million
It’s already 4 years since Nigeria emerged champions of African football in the CAF Nations Cup in which Emmanuel Emenike scored four goals to become the highest goal scorer for the tournament. Since winning the CAF Nations cup in 2013, not much has been heard of the sturdy Nigeria striker except the fact that he is one of the most expensive Nigerian players both in Europe and in the world.
He achieved this feat when Fenerbahce bought him from Spartak Moscow for a fee of 13 million.
Emmanuel Emenike was born on the 10th of May, 1987. He began his professional football career with Delta Force F.C but earned his first salary as a professional footballer when he signed for South African club, Mpumaga Aces in January, 2008.
Victor Moses-Wigan Athletic to Chelsea- €11.5 million
Victor Moses is currently Nigeria’s most consistent professional football player. He plays as a winger for the Nigerian National team and as a right wing back for Chelsea Football Club. Victor Moses started his professional football career with Crystal Palace before having his first premier league game in 2010 with Wigan Athletic.
Moses did not start out playing for the Super Eagles. Prior to debuting for the Super Eagles, he played for the English U-16, U-17, U-19 and U-21 teams. Since debuting for the super eagles, he has had over 20 caps for the Nigerian National team. Moses joined the league of the most expensive Nigerian players in Europe when he joined West London Giants, Chelsea F.C from Wigan Athletic. He was bought for €11.5 million. Although Victor Moses had a very rough start with Chelsea FC, he has now sealed his place as a first team player with the club.
The players on this list might be the most expensive Nigerian footballers in Europe. However, they are one of the least expensive footballers in general. We hope one of the Nigerians on this list makes it to the league of the world’s most expensive players of all time.