Odion Ighalo now Nigeria’s most expensive player
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is now the most expensive Nigerian player following his €23.3m million from Watford to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.Ighalo sealed a move to the Chinese club where he will earn close to £200,000 per week.
Changchun Yatai paid €23.3m million to Watford for the 27-year-old striker making him the most expensive Nigerian player ever.
He now beats John Mikel Obi who moved to
Chelsea in a 2006 €20m from Norwegian side
Lyn Oslo .
Mikel’s transfer fee was for eleven years the most expensive fee paid for a Nigerian player.
Ighalo now leads the list with Mikel second.
Ahmed Musa who cost Leicester City €19.5m is the third most expensive Nigerian player while another Leicester City player, Wilfred Ndidi is fourth for €17.6m he cost the club in the January transfer window.
Making up the fifth position is Yakubu Aiyegbeni who Everton paid €16.5m for to
Middlesbourgh in 2007.
Obafemi Martins cost Newcastle United €16m when they signed him from Inter Milan in 2006 and comes in sixth place while Isaac Success is in seventh place for the €15m Watford paid for him from Granada in 2016.
Emmanuel Emenike is in eighth for the €13m
Fenerbahce paid for him from Spartak Moscow in 2013 while in 2014 West Brom paid €12.63m to Dynamo Kyiv for striker Brown Ideye making him the ninth most expensive Nigerian player.
Austin Okocha rounds up the top 10 with the €12.4m Paris Saint-Germain paid for him from Fenerbahçe in 1998.
List of most expensive Nigerian players
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 – Middlesbrough 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
12.Victor Moses – Wigan to Chelsea – €11.5m
13.Anthony Ujah – Werder to Liaoning FC – €11.5m
14.Obafemi Martins – Newcastle to Wolfsburg – €10.5m
15.Sunday Oliseh – Ajax to Juventus – €10m
.John Utaka – Rennes to Portsmouth – €10m
.Peter Odemwingie- Lille to Lok Moscow – €10m
.Finidi George – Ajax to Real Betis – €10m
.Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce to Spartak – €10m
20.Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Portsmouth to Boro – €9.75m