Nigeria has produced some exceptional talents who have made a name for themselves on the global stage. One such player is Alex Iwobi, who currently holds the title of the highest-paid Nigerian footballer per week.
As of August 2023, Alex Iwobi is earning a remarkable weekly salary of £120,000 at Everton, making him the top-earning Nigerian footballer in terms of wages.
Iwobi’s journey to success began at Arsenal, where he spent the early years of his career.
During his time at Arsenal, he made 149 appearances, scoring 15 goals, and had several notable achievements, including winning the FA Cup in 2017. He also made a significant impact by scoring in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final.
In August 2019, Iwobi made a move to Everton, with the club paying an initial fee of £28 million to secure his services.
This transfer not only showcased Iwobi’s talent but also highlighted his market value.
On the international stage, Iwobi has represented both England and Nigeria. He initially played for England up to the under-18 level before deciding to switch his allegiance to Nigeria.
He made his senior international debut for Nigeria in October 2015 and has been a key player for the national team ever since.
During his international career, Iwobi has participated in major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and 2021.
In the 2019 tournament, he played a crucial role in helping Nigeria finish third.
However, Iwobi’s journey in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations didn’t go as planned. He was selected for the Nigeria squad but had a disappointing moment in the knockout stage match against Tunisia.
Just five minutes after coming on as a substitute, he received a red card, and Nigeria ended up losing the match 0-1.
Despite this setback, Iwobi remains an integral part of the Nigerian national team and continues to contribute to their success on the field.
Aside from his achievements and skills, Iwobi is also famous for being the cousin of Nigerian football legend Jay-Jay Okocha.
The Okocha family has undoubtedly made a significant impact on Nigerian football, with both players leaving a lasting legacy.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago