Things You Never Knew About Joseph Yobo the Nigerian Football Veteran

Joseph Yobo is a 43 year-old Nigerian professional footballer who played as a defender (center back) for the Nigerian Super Eagles. He is best known for being the captain of Nigeria’s national team until he retired from playing internationally. He was also the nation’s appearance holder.

Joseph Yobo, born September 6, 1980, is a household name in the Nigerian Football Team. He played as a defender (center back) and has had quite an eventful career both with the Nigerian National Team, as well as with clubs in France and England.

The brother to former Nigeria senior team player Albert Yobo is also known as an ex-Nigerian player who held the post of a captain in the country’s national team until his retirement from international football in June 2014. But who is Joseph Yobo? What exactly is his net worth? Let’s look at the things you probably never knew about the player Joseph Yobo, his wife, and more.

Where Is Joseph Yobe From?

Joseph Yobo hails from Kono, an Ogoni community in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria. He was also raised there alongside his siblings. His father was a renowned journalist, editor, and writer who worked with Tide, a newspaper company. He has 8 siblings whose names are not fully known to the media.

Some of his known siblings are Michael Albert Yobo, Nnorum Yobo, and Gideon Michael Yobo. Michael, his elder brother was a footballer while Gideon is a FIFA-licensed & English FA-registered football agent who currently resides in the United Kingdom. He is married to Blessing Yobo and is a father to Williamson Michael Yobo, their only child.

In July 2008, the footballer’s family hit the headlines following the abduction of Norum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He was eventually released on July 17, 2008, just 12 days after his abduction.

Other details about the footballer are currently not available.

How Old Is Joseph Yobo?

Joseph Yobo is 43 years old in 2024. He was born on  September 6, 1980, in Koni, Rivers state, Nigeria to Williamson Michael Yobo and Comfort Yobo. At the young age of 18, in 1998, he left Nigeria to begin his football career with Standard Liège. He was 34 years of age when he recorded his 100th international appearance on 30 June 2014. The same year and age, he announced his retirement from international football. Joseph Yobo’s zodiac sign is Virgo, signifying that he is a diligent person who excels at what he does.

Is Joseph Yobo married?

Joseph Yobo is a married man. He is married to ex-beauty queen Adaeze Igwe, who won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2008. Joseph Yobo had arrived in Nigeria to spend a short part of the summer holiday and it was during this time that he met Adaeze (the daughter of Ikechukwu and Abigail Igwe) and was forced to spend the whole holiday in Nigeria after falling in love with the beauty queen.

He Started His Family After Getting Married To A Beauty Queen and Former MBGN Winner

They got married on the midnight of 31st December 2009, in Jos, just a few months after their first meeting. Speculations had it that the couple rushed their marriage because Adaeze was pregnant for the footballer. But Yobo refuted the claims, revealing that they had a rushed wedding because their people were available at the time and that the period suits his career time.

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Yobo and Adaeze are blessed with three children – two handsome sons Joey (born 2010), Jayden Yobo (born 2015), and a daughter Lexine Yobo (born 2017). In 2020, Yobo and his fe celebrated their 10th-year marriage anniversary alongside their adorable children.

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When and Where Did Joseph Yobo’s Football Career Start?

Yobo started off his football career in the year 1996. He was just 16 at the time, and the first club he played for was Michellin-Harcourt, a football club in Port Harcourt. In 1997, he left Nigeria and joined the Standard Liége Club and this marked the kick-off of his professional senior football career. He made his first-team debut in the year 2000 and made about 46 appearances.

He joined the Nigeria senior team after his role in Nigeria’s run to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals. His first match in the team was against Zambia in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier which took place in 2001. His second World Cup appearance was in 2010 during the tournament in South Africa.

Yobo moved to play for Marseille in 2001, then Everton, Fenerbahce, and Norwich. He scored 7 goals overall during his stay in the Super Eagles senior team and is known as a one-time record appearance holder.

His Journey To the Big English Clubs

Yobo’s journey to the big clubs in England wasn’t a very smooth sail as it was full of loan-contracts. First, he was loaned to Tenerife (a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz) shortly after his appearance in Marseille. Nine months later, he was loaned back to Marseille.

After his return, the player was again loaned to Everton in 2002. Years after, he was signed to the club on a permanent basis where he became one of the only 7 players in the whole league to play all the games from beginning to end throughout the 2006-2007 season. In 2007, he was named the record appearance holder for international players while in Everton – a title he held until 2012. Apart from that, Yobo also became the first African to captain Everton – a position he grabbed in the absence of Phil Neville during the UEFA Cup match against Larissa of Greece in 2007. He scored his first goal in Everton in 2009 to end a 3-1 victory against West Ham United.

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However, Yobo was consistently benched months later possibly due to an own goal during his club’s match against Liverpool that ended in 2-0 loss to Liverpool. In spite of his seeming downfall, Yobo – with a determined mindset to make a great change – moved to Fenerbahce, a Turkish club initially on a short contract basis and then on a longer-term. While in his new club, Yobo did outstandingly excellent which led Fenerbahce to crowning him with a plaque of appreciation. He moved to Norwich in 2014 and spent a brief time there before ending his active football career in June the same year.

Joseph Yobo’s elder brother was also a footballer

Joseph’s elder brother, Albert Yobo was Nigeria’s international footballer who played as a defender. He made his debut for Nigeria against Zambia in a friendly in December 1997, at the age of 18.

He was capped more than 100 times as a Super Eagle’s star

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Joseph Yobo was a member of the Nigeria National Team (the Super Eagles) from the year 2001 to 2014. During this period, he made 101 FIFA international appearances, and in all, he scored a total of 7 goals. This qualified him as the record appearance holder for the Super Eagles.

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He once sustained a serious injury in the course of his career

Joseph Yobo sustained a hamstring injury in a match against Benin which prevented him from participating in the friendly match with Mexico. He stayed out for about 5 months before he resumed play. It was rumored then that he went to Prophet T.B Joshua for prayers and healing.

He retired after losing a match to France

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Following Nigeria’s loss to France in the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Joseph Yobo announced his international retirement. 

Joseph Yobo’s Net Worth is $5 million

Joseph Yobo’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. As far back as 2014, he earned a salary of €800,000.

Having chosen a very lucrative career, Yobo is evaluated to be a billionaire. Just like most professional footballers and athletes around the world, he has amassed an impressive amount of money from both his significant paychecks from his former soccer clubs and other business enterprises.

Joseph Yobo’s Cars and Houses

Joseph Yobo’s cars include has a customized Ferrari 458 spider (which cost between $275,000 and $320,000), Mercedez Benz ML AMG, Audi Q7, Bentley, Continental GT, and Porsche Panamera, S Turbo, Mercedez Benz G63 Wagon, Range Rover Sport.

Joseph Yobo’s house is located in Lekki, VGC, Abuja. He also has a house in London and a nightclub known as Extreme Reloaded which he procured for a whopping N80 million.

What Has Joseph Yobo Done For Charity?

In 2007, Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, to help underprivileged children in Nigeria. As at 18th July 2007, he had handed out over 300 scholarship awards to students ranging from primary to tertiary level.

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Yobo has also started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria.

He Is A Traditional Chief

In May 2016, the former Super Eagles defender got a chieftaincy title conferred on him and his wife, Mene Aborlo 1 and Waamene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland by their King, HRH GNK Gininwa. The title came a day after a testimonial game was played to honour him for his services. The non-competitive match organized by the Rivers State Government marked his exit from active football.

Through his Twitter page, he expressed his appreciation for the chieftaincy title, suggesting that people could now call him Chief Yobo.

What is Joseph Yobo doing now?

Joseph Yobo is currently the Super Eagles assistant coach. He assumed his new position on 12 February 2020, replacing Imama Amapakabo. Yobo is also the Chairman, the Board of Trustees of the Grassroots Mobilization Initiative for Good Governance (GMI), a social-political group he launched ahead of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

FAQs

Who Is Joseph Yobo?

Joseph Yobo is a Nigerian former professional footballer who was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014

Did Joseph Yobo captain Everton?

Yes. Joseph Yobo was the first African player to captain Everton when he led the team against Larissa in the Europa League.

Who is the wife of Joseph Yobo?

Joseph Yobo’s wife is Adaeze Yobo – the winner of The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2008 who represented Nigeria at the Miss World 2008.

Does Joseph Yobo Have Children?

Joseph Yobo has three children – two sons: Joey (born 2010) and Jayden Yobo (born 2015), and a daughter Lexine Yobo (born 2017).

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