Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho completed a move to Leicester City from Manchester City on August 3, 2017, signing a five-year deal on an undisclosed deal believed to be worth £25 million, making him the most expensive Nigerian footballer ever.
The 20-year-old’s transfer fee dwarfs Odion Jude Ighalo’s €23.3 million deal to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai from Watford in February 2017.
Ighalo dislodged John Obi Mikel, who had Chelsea pay €20m to Norwegian side Lyn Oslo for his services in 2006.
Mikel went on to spend 11 years with the Premier League club, winning 11 trophies before moving to Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer on January 6, 2017.
Ahmed Musa closely follows Mikel with €19.5m, a fee paid to CSKA Moscow by Leicester City in 2016. And just behind Musa is club teammate Wilfred Ndidi (€17.6m), who joined the Foxes in the January transfer window of 2017.
Also in the top ten are legends like Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye and Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha.
TOP 20 MOST EXPENSIVE NIGERIAN FOOTBALLERS
- Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City > Leicester City (£25m)
- Odion Ighalo – Watford > Changchun Yatai (€23.3m)
- John Obi Mikel – Lyn Oslo > Chelsea (€20m)
- Ahmed Musa – CSKA Moscow > Leicester (€19.5m)
- Wilfred Ndidi – Genk > Leicester (€17.6m)
- Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Middlesbrough > Everton (€16.5m)
- Obafemi Martins – Inter Milan > Newcastle United (€16m)
- Isaac Success – Granada > Watford (€15m)
- Emmanuel Emenike – Spartak Moscow > Fenerbahce (€13m)
- Brown Ideye – Dynamo Kiev > West Brom (€12.63m)
- Austin Okocha – Fenerbahce > PSG (€12.4m)
- Taribo West – Auxerre > Inter Milan (€12m)
- Victor Moses – Wigan Athletic > Chelsea (€11.5m)
- Anthony Ujah – Werder Bremen > Liaoning FC (€11.5m)
- Obafemi Martins – Newcastle United > Wolfsburg (€10.5m)
- Sunday Oliseh – Ajax > Juventus (€10m)
- John Utaka – Rennes > Portsmouth (€10m)
- Peter Osaze Odemwingie- Lille > Lokomotiv Moscow (€10m)
- Finidi George – Ajax > Real Betis (€10m)
- Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce > Spartak Moscow (€10m)