Who is richer between Mikel Obi and Kanu Nwankwo. These are legendary Nigerian professional footballers who have won their team awards and made their country indeed proud over their achievements on a global scale.
Mikel Obi is a very fit footballer still in the game and making millions. Himself and the P Square brothers, both of whom are having a scuffle that seems unreconcilable, started out playing football together.
They’re still good friends till date. Kanu Nwankwo, also called Papilo is a unique, but now retired football legend who took the early Nigerian National team through the rough road to winning a gold medal.
He has won several medals and awards, and his name sounds to the ears as a champion whose legacy ever will stand. So who’s richer between Kanu Nwankwo and Mikel Obi, having it that they both earned several millions from their career? Well, let’s see…
Mikel Obi’s Career and Net Worth
Mikel Obi is a popular Nigerian footballer birthed as John Michael Nchekwube Obinna on the 22nd of April, 1987, in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Mikel Obi plays for the Nigerian National team and has played for Chelsea FC where he earned $75,000 dollars weekly. Currently, he plays both for the Nigerian National team and Chinese Super League team, Tianjin TEDA.
With Tianjin TEDA, Mikel Obi earns £140,000 pounds on a weekly basis. Prior to becoming a player with the new Chinese club, he was given a payoff of £2 million pounds from Chelsea FC. Mikel Obi has created for fortune for himself and family. He lives a simple lifestyle even with all the money he’s got. He has fans and can be adequately described as the Nigerian Cristiano Ronaldo.
A very large percent of football lovers in the African continent know the name, Mikel Obi from Nigeria. He’s known for his speed and skillfulness with the ball. He has a mansion in London where he resides when he’s there. Previous data presents that Mikel Obi earned an annual sum of $6 million naira.
This amount must gave doubled by now as he earns almost twice what he earned in previous years. The successful footballer has attracted endorsement deals from brands like Pepsi and Samsung. These deals are multimillion naira deals that pumped the footballers bank accoubt to the roof.
Aside being a professional footballer, Mikel has other streams of income which include the aforementioned endorsement deals he signed with brands, advert and promotion deals and other businesses and investments he was. Obi Mikel now has an estimated net worth of $85 million dollars, making him one of Nigeria’s richest footballers.
Kanu Nwankwo’s Career and Net Worth
Kanu Nwankwo is a retired professional Nigerian footballer birthed on the 1st of August, 1976, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. He currently is living rich and happy after 20 years of being a Nigerian footballer. Kanu Nwankwo’s career started in 1991 at age 15 at the Nigerian League, Club Federation. Later on, he began playing for Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In 1993, Kanu Nwankwo was signed by the Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax for the total cash worth of €207,047.
This contract with the new team was signed after Kanu put up an astounding performance at the Under 17 World Championships. Kanu Nwankwo is one of the most popular football legends Nigeria has ever produced. His name means “A Child Born on Nkwo Market Day” in Igbo. Fondly called Papilo, Kanu has been the actor most preferred by major brands in colourfully playing out adverts on the media.
His debut was set a year in 1994, scoring 25 goals in 54 appearances. In 1996, Kanu Nwankwo was awarded “Footballer of the Year” after he led the Nigerian National team to winning the gold cup at Olympics. He was also sold in 1996 for $4.7 million dollars to Internazionale from Serie A. For good 16 years, Papilo captained the Nigeria National team.
His captainship started in 1994, and ran through to 2010. Throughout his career, he managed to win several awards including 1 UEFA Champions League Medal, 2 African Player of the Year awards, 1 UEFA Cup Medal, and 3 FA Cup awards.
Kanu Nwankwo has both for Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion, he earned millions of naira off these clubs. In June 2016, Kanu signed a 10-year ambassadorial deal with Africa’s top sports betting company and brand, Sportybet.com.
Kanu Nwankwo is pretty wealthy, he purchased a Ferrari worth N30 million naira, has an hotel worth over N700 million naira and also, he lives in a beautifully structured mansion with the best furnitures. Kano Nwankwo has an estimated net worth of $9 million dollars.