Victor Osimhen shattered the record as the most expensive Nigerian transfer with his €81 million move to Napoli. Here are the top 10 most expensive Nigerian transfers of all time.
10. Obafemi Martins (Inter -> Newcastle) – €16m
Nigerian cult hero Obafemi Martins moved to Newcastle off the back of great performances in Italy in 2006. He’s still playing today after resigning for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua!
🇨🇳 Shanghai Shenhua have signed veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to replace Odion Ighalo.
Martins is still going strong at 35! 💪 pic.twitter.com/4fIvFmOUVn
— African Football HQ (@AfricanFtblHQ) July 15, 2020
9. Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Middlesbrough -> Everton) – €16.5m
Yakubu’s 2007 move was the most Everton ever paid for a player at the time. The move was worth it as he scored 25 Premier League goals for the Blues and is the third highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.
8. Ahmed Musa (Leicester -> Al-Nassr) – €16.5m
After struggling to adapt to the Premier League, Musa moved to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr in 2018.
7. Wilfred Ndidi (Genk -> Leicester) – €17.6m
Ndidi was signed by Leicester to fill the shoes that Ngolo Kante left, and he has done just that! He will likely move up to number one or two on this list when he makes his next move.
6. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow -> Leicester) – €19.50m
Signed by Leicester at 23, Musa had high expectations after being a goal machine in Russia.
5. John Obi Mikel (FK Lyn -> Chelsea) – €20m
Nigerian legend John Obi Mikel was signed by Chelsea aged 19 in 2006. While the move might have seemed risky at the time, it was well worth it as he made over 200 appearances for the Blues.
4. Odion Ighalo (Watford -> Changchun Yatai) – €23.3m
After scoring 20 goals in the Championship and helping his Watford side get promoted, Ighalo continued his fine form the next season in the Premier League – scoring 15 goals. Unfortunately the next season he scored just one league goal and did not find the net in any of his last 15 games. This led to a transfer to Chinese side Changchun Yatai.
3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City -> Leicester City) – €27.70m
Kelechi broke out onto the scene at Manchester City in the 2015/16 season, but struggled to find game time the next season with the emergence of Gabriel Jesus. He moved to Leicester City in 2017, for what was a then-record transfer fee for a Nigerian transfer.
2. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal -> Everton) – €30.4m
Alex Iwobi spent his youth career at the Arsenal academy and made his professional debut with the club. He would go on to make 149 appearances and score 15 goals. He broke the transfer record for a Nigerian player when he joined Everton after the 2019 AFCON.
1. Victor Osimhen (Lille -> Napoli) – €80.1m
Nigerian superstar Victor Osimhen became one of the hottest prospects in world football after scoring 18 goals in all competitions last season. At Napoli, the pressure will be on given his enormous transfer fee.