Former Super Eagles center back, Joseph Yobo, 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 He From?
Yobo was born in Kono, a community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He is from the “Ogoni” tribe in Rivers State.
Where Did he Start His Career?
Joseph Yobo started his footballing career in Port Harcourt with Michellin-Harcourt FC. Later on, he left Nigeria to join Standard Liege in 1998 where he 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 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 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. 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 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.
What Has He 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.
What About Family?
In 2010, Yobo got married to former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Adaeze Igwe who wasn’t his childhood sweetheart as they married barely three months after they met. The duo wedded in a midnight ceremony held in Jos. The couple wedded in a very low key ceremony in December 2009 since it was more like an emergency wedding. Speculations exist and some of them claimed Adaeze was pregnant. However, Yobo defended himself, claiming it was the only time they could have had it due to family reasons.
Interestingly, Yobo and Adaeze’s wedding took place during a crossover service, midnight 31st December 2009. They both have a son named Joey Yobo.
Joseph Yobo 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 River 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.
His Exact Net Worth
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 both his significant paychecks from his former soccer clubs and other business enterprises.
With that in mind, nobody is sure of what his exact net worth is now, but he is allegedly worth more than N8 billion ($48 million), earning a monthly salary of 800,000 Euros as at 2014.