From Nwankwo Kanu to Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigeria has produced some truly exceptional talent through the decades.
Kanu, who many regard as the nation’s greatest player experienced success throughout Europe, lifting three Eredivisie titles and a Champions League at Ajax, the UEFA cup at Inter Milan and three league titles with Arsenal.
But who are the top Nigerian talents now plying their trade in Europe’s finest leagues?
Iheanacho shook the Premier League with his breakthrough campaign with Manchester City this term, and looks as though he’ll have an exceptional future under Pep Guardiola and for the national the national team.
Iheanacho has represented Nigeria at youth levels from under-13 upwards and now boasts an impressive strike record, scoring two in his first four senior international appearances. The Imo born forward is also prolific for City, netting 12 in 29 Premier League and FA Cup appearances.
Onazi plies his trade in Italy, with Rome club Lazio. He began playing football in the streets of Jos in 1998, where his skill and ability drew a lot of attention and afforded him the opportunity to play for academies in the city.
His exceptional ability came to prominence when he moved to the city of Lagos to play for My People and was soon brought to Italy by Lazio.
Despite being just 23, the central midfielder has 38 caps to his name. The all-action powerhouse looks to be a stalwart for the national team in years to come, and an exciting prospect in European club football.
Born in Lagos and raised in Edo, Ighalo played in his country with Prime FC and Julius Berger FC, before moving to Norway to Lyn and then being sent on various loan deals by Udinese. Now in the Premier League, Ighalo is excelling and transformed into one of the division’s most lethal marksmen this term.
Ighalo scored 18 goals this term, and looks set for another goal laden campaign. With the Premier League approaching, working out odds can be confusing, be sure to take advantage of the easy tool shown on Bookmakers calculator.
Musa is heading to England to join up with Premier League champions Leicester City, for a club-record fee that is thought to be upwards of £16.6m. The forward netted 18 times for CSKA Moscow and lit up Russia’s capital with glittering displays.
Musa is fast, aggressive and should slot in perfectly to Claudio Ranieri’s relentless system easily.
Son of Lagos, Moses moved to London when he was 11 and began his journey to the Premier League. He joined Chelsea from Wigan Atheltic in 2012 and went on to win the Europa League in 2013. The forward has been on various loan spells to top clubs since, such as Liverpool, and will now return to Stamford Bridge to link up with new manager Antonio Conte.
Moses has 24 caps to his name and will be a mainstay of the national team for years to come.
Mikel, born in Jos, has experienced a long, fruitful, successful career at Chelsea.
The Nigerian captain has won every domestic trophy with Chelsea, including a Champions League and two league titles.
Mikel was pivotal in Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2013 and has been selected for the country’s talented provisional 2016 Olympic football squad.
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