2018: List of 20 Nigerian Players Transferred and their pay
Gone are the days when parents flog, discipline and beat their children when they go footballing. Today parents take their children, both boys and girls to the football field for training. Parents and family members register their children in football academies and clubs so that they can become professional players. Football pays more than teaching, medicine, table tennis, engineering, law, banking and even business and real estate. Football is a gold mine today.
The way people love the game and invest in it is alarming. It especially pays for the ones who are lucky and favoured by God to have the stamina for the game of soccer. All you need is the skill. You may not need any man no man syndrome to make it to a good club both in Nigeria and abroad. Football scouts go all out, travel wide to look for good players who they can train further to match world standards.
Football does not only bring fortune it also brings fame. It makes people to know you and almost adore you. You have fans all over. People meet footballers at the bank, airport and any other place and the first thing they request for is a picture with them. You are seen as a big time fortunate person if you happen to come in close contact with a footballer. Old friends talk about footballers. They talk about how they lived in the past. Old neighbours are also quick to assert that they knew them at close range. They can tell stories of how they used to play around and this and that in the days gone by. All these because they are successful footballers.
The successful footballers have most beautiful girls around at their beck and call. They end up marrying pretty girls who would not have gone with them if they had been poor or not famous. Their families enjoy and have all the goodies they desire. They travel wide together and know all sort of places. Some chaps today blame their parents that they disallowed them from following their football dreams.
The Highest Paid Footballers in Nigeria as at 2018 are as follows:
|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|
|12||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|
This all goes out to show that it is important that we follow our dreams and not allow any body to influence us in any way that we may find unpalatable later. The decisions you take today must be yours and yours only. You are responsible for where you are now and where you will be in five years’ time. The time to decide for good is now not later.