Football is a lucrative sport, and if a player is lucky to find himself in one of the top leagues in Europe, he can earn as much as $5m per annum if sponsorships and other royalties are put into consideration.
Nigerian footballers who are lucky enough to find themselves in the bigger leagues are usually the toast of ladies who in turn want a taste of their sweet life and huge earnings. Rumours repeatedly filter of Nigerian footballers dating one certain actress, model or singer and most of them do not publicly declare their relationships.
While there are many married, settled footballers like Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Vincent Enyeama, Taiye Taiwo, Godfrey Oboabona and Efe Ambrose, there are many others who are yet to walk down the aisle and get committed due to reasons best known to them, despite the huge earnings to start a decent family.
NAIJ.COM compiles a list of the Rich and Eligible Bachelors who are Nigerian footballers. The list features some who are single with ‘kids and a lot of baby mama’
Mikel Obi: Chelsea FC’s midfield enforcer might not be getting too many minutes on the pitch for his club but he can take succor in the fact that his beautiful fiancee, Olga Diyachenko, the daughter of a Russian millionaire will always be around when he returns to the house they share.
Due to his sponsorships with the likes of Samsung, Mikel is reportedly worth as much as $57m. So much money to burn.
John Ogu: Ogu plays as a central midfielder for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be’er Sheva. The left footed midfielder used to ply his trade in Portugal for Academica and he is not married or in any confirmed relationship.
In early July, rumours emerged that Ogu had completed his multi-million Naira house at his home town in Owerri, Imo State worth around N50m.
In 2013 the midfielder released pictures of his topless self on instagram and ladies went gaga over the new rich kid in town.
Lukman Haruna: Another midfielder for the Super Eagles who plays for FC Anzhi Makhachkala on loan from FC Dynamo Kyiv. His younger brother recently visited NAIJ.COM and revealed that the midfielder is close to a return to the national team.
The midfielder has never been linked with any woman in his professional career but ladies always flock around him whenever he returns to his Akute base in Nigeria.
Ogenyi Onazi: The 24 year old Lazio engine room, Ogenyi Onazi lives a very quiet life outside the pitch, his aggressive style of play sometimes put him at risk of being sent off the field of play. He has not been sighted or rumored to be dating any woman.
Kenneth Omeruo: Omeruo is a Nigerian defender who recently signed a year long deal with Kas?mpa?a of Turkey on loan from Chelsea. Although he is pretty young, Kenneth as he is fondly called is yet to be seen with any girl, both in his Abuja home base or England. He was rumored to be dating Super Falcons and Liverpool Ladies striker, Asisat oshoala, a report he denied. Omeruo has also been linked to actress Lilian Esoro