Victor Moses is a Nigerian professional football player who has played for his national team and various international football clubs. He started his football career as a high school student and grew it to the level it is today. His net worth also accrued over time and today, he is worth $17.7 million. His journey to stardom has been an interesting one, filled with hard work and determination.
Victor Moses is From Kaduna State, Nigeria
Victor Moses was born in Lagos State, Nigeria on 12th December 1990. Judging from the facial outlook of the player, one would certainly make a mistake in guessing his age. He appears so mature, but Victor is a young man who is giving his best in what he knows best.
The athlete was born to a pastor named Mr. Austine and his wife Josephine. At the tender age of 11, his parents were killed in a religious crisis in his hometown of Kaduna State. As fate may have it, Victor left his house to play football in the streets when the incident took place. When he returned home, he saw that his parents were killed and all they had labored for had been razed down.
Victor Moses’ life was still under threat after the incident and so he found a way to leave Nigeria with the help of relatives. He sought asylum in England, settling in South London.
He Studied at Whitgift School While Training To Be A Professional Football Player At Crystal Palace
When Victor arrived in London, he was lucky to have found a home that took him in. The family he lived with resided in South London where he was raised. At first, he was enrolled in Stanley Technical High School, now called Harris Academy, located in South Norwood. On joining Crystal Palace FC, after being spotted playing for Cosmos 90 FC at a local park, he was recommended to Whitgift School where he continued his education. The school was owned by the Whitgift Foundation, and the trust pays school fees for 45% of its students. At this point, he played for his school and Crystal Palace FC. This was the beginning of his career and his journey to stardom.
Sources of Victor Moses’s Net Worth
Like any other football star, Victor Moses earns greatly from his football career. He also owns chains of other businesses located in and outside Nigeria. He has investments in real estate and other investments apart from football. The 1.77 m tall right-footed attacking midfielder is one of the highest-paid Nigerian footballers whose net worth is quite impressive. His market value is around €6.50 million as of June 2021.
While he was with Chelsea, Moses received a whopping £75,000 as his weekly wage. He was paid £325,000 monthly, while his annual salary was £3,900,000. However, his salary changed slightly when he left Chelsea for his new club. At Spartak Moscow, he receives $45,210 weekly, $195,910 monthly, and $2,350,920 annually. With this, it is clear that his salary and allowances are major sources of his present net worth. Let’s take a tour of how he accrued his $17.7 million net worth.
His Football Career is the Major Source of His Net Worth
Victor Moses’ undying passion for football began from his early years and in Nigeria where he often enjoyed playing football with his friends. As mentioned above, it was football that saved his life. Had it been that he was not playing football on that fateful day, he would have been killed alongside his parents. Life at that time was harsh and unfavorable for the young man who during an interview, described how he had no shoes to wear while pursuing his passion for football.
Victor started his football career playing for football clubs in England. He played football for his school and later for a local Tandridge League club until Crystal Palace FC approached him. From that point, his career progressed in leaps and bounds.
Moses Was Already a Star At Age 14
Moses came into the limelight at the age of 14, after scoring 50 goals for Crystal Palace’s under-14s side. He played for three years for both Whitgift and Palace, where he scored over 100 goals. In the process, he helped Whitgift win many School Cups, including a National Cup where he scored all five goals that led to their win against Healing School of Grimsby at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester.
Moses’ versatility has made him extremely useful to teams, as he can play from nearly any position on the front field and still create opportunities to score. In an interview, he said, “I feel comfortable anywhere”. He can play in a variety of positions, primarily as a winger, but also as a forward.
He Left Crystal Palace in 2010
Crystal Palace played an important role in grooming Victor Moses in football and his education. When they ran out of funds, they had to let him go to continue his career elsewhere. Moses went on to play for Wigan Athletic for two seasons before he made the move to Chelsea. Moses was already familiar with playing against the renowned club, and so it was not difficult for him to adapt.
After moving to Chelsea, he appeared in just 23 matches before going on a loan to Liverpool for the 2013 season. He was also on loan to Stoke City for the 2014-15 season, and it seemed to him as though this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. He made his Premier League debut for Stoke City on 30th August 2014 in a 1–0 win away at Manchester City. Moses provided the assist for the lone goal scored by Peter Crouch in Stoke City’s 1–0 win over Newcastle United on 29th September 2014. Because of his performance, he was voted Man of the Match.
On 19th October 2014, in a 2–1 win against Swansea City, Moses won a penalty after going down under a challenge from Àngel Rangel. After the match, Swansea manager Garry Monk claimed that Moses dived. However, Moses scored his first goal for Stoke on 1st November 2014 in a 2–2 draw with West Ham United. In 2015, he moved to West Ham on a season-long loan but before his move, he signed a new 4-year contract with Chelsea which kept him in the club until 2019.
The talented footballer continued his loan journey to several other football clubs like Fenerbahçe S.K. from 2019-2020, Inter Milan for 2020, and Spartak Moscow from 2020-2021. In July 2021, he left Chelsea and signed a contract with Spartak Moscow after spending a season on loan with them, helping them qualify for the Champions League.
Victor Moses First Represented England On The International Scene Before Switching To Nigeria
Victor Moses played for the England national team from 2005 to 2010 before choosing to represent Nigeria. His love for his fatherland made him choose to play for the Nigerian National team even when he had a choice not to step into Nigeria again. When the call to serve his fatherland came in March 2011 for Nigeria’s games against Ethiopia and Kenya, Moses dumped England and embraced Nigeria. Being aware of the great talent that England’s national team is presented with every year, Moses chose to make the move to Nigeria where he felt the full international opportunity would knock. In an interview, he talked about the great young players that England produces and felt that he would be better utilized on the Nigerian team for international play.
The former Chelsea forward was part of the Nigerian national team that featured in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He played in all three opening group matches and in the Round of 16 match against France that Nigeria lost 2–0. To prove his dedication to the growth of Nigerian football, the superstar regularly came down to take part in the FIFA 2018 qualifying matches and even scored a brace for the country during a qualifying match against Algeria in November 2016, helping the Super Eagles to secure a 3–1 victory. In 2018, Victor Moses retired from international football to face his club career, have more time for his family, and give other Nigerians the opportunity to show their talents.
His Major Achievements in Football
- He was the one time Top Scorer in 2008 scoring 3 goals in the U-17 Europameisterschaft
- He won the CAF Nations Cup with the Nigerian national side in 2013 under the guidance of late Stephen Keshi.
- Victor Moses was named PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for November 2016.
- He was a one time English Champion in 2017 under Chelsea FC
- He is a two-time Europa League winner in 2012/2013 and 2018/2019 under Chelsea FC
- Moses won the English FA Cup in 2018 under Chelsea FC
Other Endeavors Victor Moses Earns From
The industrious footballer has some other sources of income apart from football. As a celebrity, Victor Moses earns from endorsement deals signed with many companies. Also, he revealed his plans of going into the real estate business at the time he stops playing football.
Part of his net worth comes from the endorsement deals he has inked. Some of the brands he endorses are listed below.
- Opera Mini
He Owns a Massive House in Lekki
Just like other celebrities, Moses loves luxuries. He joins other Nigerian celebrities who own houses at Lekki, Lagos State. His house is worth €12 million. In addition, he owns a fleet of luxurious cars that include Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, Aston Martin, Ford, BMW, and Ferrari.
Victor is Happily Married and Has A Family Of His Own
In 2012, just two days after he scored his first goal for his new club, Chelsea FC, Victor Moses became a proud father as he welcomed a baby with his girlfriend. Moses broke the news of his newborn baby, a son he named Brentley, to his more than 45,000 Twitter followers. He expressed his delight at his status, saying, “I am really proud to announce I’m now a dad! Brentley Moses was born this morning at 3.960kg all healthy thank God! thanx, 4 ur support.”
The duo welcomed a baby girl named Nyar in 2015. Two years later, in May 2017, he officially tied the knot with the mother of his two kids. The ceremony took place just less than 24 hours after he was sent off in Chelsea’s 1-2 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final. On 19th March 2021, they welcomed their third child, a boy whose name is Smith.
All The Controversies He Has Been Involved In
In the course of his career, Moses has courted some controversies concerning the football business. Some of these controversies are bordered on his actions, and decisions at one point or another. Here’s a breakdown of some of his controversies.
1. Quitting Super Eagles
The football player decided in 2018 to quit the Nigerian national team. This decision was met with mixed reactions from Nigerians as most people didn’t want to let him go while some others reacted by admonishing Nigerians to accept his decisions. His reasons for quitting were to focus on his club career and family while making space for new and younger talents to be harnessed. After much wishes for a change of heart, Moses was let go to pursue his dreams.
However, in 2020, Moses made a post about coming out of his international retirement. He said that he hoped Nigerians would forgive him for the decision he made in 2018 to quit international football. He also hopes Nigerians will take him back.
2. Moses Calls Pedro “My Boy”
The football star caused controversy with his statement. He called Pedro, one of Chelsea’s wingers, “My boy”. Pedro is his closest friend in Chelsea FC and both of them are wing players. When fans heard this, their reactions were mixed. Some were okay with it, saying they are friends and that it meant my pal. However, some others felt he was talking down on Pedro. This second group thinks he is better than Pedro and that Pedro learns from him. The controversy died down as it erupted with no further comments from Moses.
3. The Armband Controversy
During the FA Cup finals match on 27th May 2017 between Chelsea and Arsenal, the two teams wore black armbands in honor of the souls lost on 22nd May in a terrorist attack. In the course of the match, Moses received two yellow cards in the space of 12 minutes that led to his exit from the field. His reaction while leaving the field caused an uproar as he flung the armband in anger before heading down the players’ tunnel.