Emmanuel Emenike is a Nigerian international professional footballer who spent most of his career days as a striker for Fenerbahçe.
The Nigerian striker who spent four scary nights in a Turkish cell after being accused of match-fixing by faking an injury to deliberately miss a title-deciding game has faced a lot of ups and downs in his journey to fame. Here is all you need to know about him.
Emmanuel Emenike’s Early Life and Football Career
He was born Emmanuel Chinenye Emmeniike on 10 May 1987 in Otuocha in Anambra State, to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Feix Emenike Ndukwu.
Emenike’s humble beginnings were with Delta Force, a local football club in his home country Nigeria. As a very young player, he would go on foot to the place where he had his for his training, which could take an hour and a half.
Things were not so rosy for him as he was not getting paid at the time when the club was non-professional, in a low division and was denied funding by the government. But despite the difficulties, Emenike did not deviate from his goals. He continued at the club until he moved to South Africa to play for Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Mpumalanga Black Aces South Africa
Fortune later smiled on Emmanuel Emenike when he moved to South Africa. His first salary as a player was given him when he began playing for the South African National First Division team Mpumalanga Black aces in January 2008. Emenike did not hesitate to blow the trumpets of his talents when he scored his first goal with the team in his debut match. In May 2008, he joined First Division team F.C. Cape Town.
Loan Deal With Karabükspor
Emmanuel Emenike signed a one-year loan deal with Karabükspor in 2009 and went on to score 16 goals in the 1.Lig, leading the club to the title and automatic promotion.
At the end of the 2009-10 season, Emmanuel Emenike won the 1.Lig Best Foreign Player award, extending his contract by three years for €300.000.
The player engaged In a lawsuit brawl with a newspaper ‘Haber Turk’ in May 2011, for what Emenike’s agents describe as a misleading and malicious claim that Emenike’s age is forged.
Fenerbahçe And Spartak Moscow
For an undisclosed fee believed to be around 9 million Euros, Emmanuel Emenike joined Fenerbahçe on 25 May 2011. However, on 28 July 2011, he was sold to Spartak Moscow for €10 million as a result of a match-fixing scandal involving Fenerbahce and Emmanuel Emenike.
Emenike was once fined about US$17,000 for an offensive gesture to Dynamo Moscow fans, who racially abused him during a match between Spartak and Dynamo.
During the 2012–13 season, Emenike broke a record by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the Russian League, within 10 seconds of kick-off in a 2–1 win over Alania Vladikavkaz on the opening game of the season.
Emmanuel Emmenike’s Move Back To Fenerbahçe
In August 2013, Emmanuel Emenike moved back to Turkey by returning to Fenerbahçe for a fee worth around €13m (£10.2M).
He later signed for Al Ain on 11 July 2015 on a season-long loan and returned to Fenerbahçe after his loan move was terminated by the club. Also on 31 January 2016, Emmanuel Emenike signed for West Ham on loan until the end of the season with an option to make it permanent.
The striker played a significant role in the Nigerian national football team. In 2013, he became part of the third Nigerian team to win the African Cup of Nations – Nigeria’s first continental victory since 1994. He also received the Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer, with four goals, alongside Ghana’s Wakaso Mubarak.
He announced his retirement from the national team on October 20, 2015.
Net Worth, Salary, House
A mere mention of his annual wage will make you imagine what his net worth looks like.
Emmanuel Emmenike has amassed great wealth for himself in the course of his football career. He is also not one to hide his riches from the public.
Emenike who earns 2.7 million Euros as annual wage owns a gigantic million dollar mansion in Dubai, London, and Nigeria. And of course, he’s got luxurious cars to go with them.
The striker who once described himself as a rich monkey is often seen wining and dining with top-notch celebrities in the country.
Wife and Daughter
In 2016, Emmanuel Emenike responded to dating rumors by confirming that he is dating Iheoma Nnadi, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014. This was while they were on vacation in Turkey that year.
His confirmation of the dating rumors sparked quite the interest since he had been linked with famous Nigerian celebrities but had never acknowledged any.
Emenike and Iheoma have been referring to each other as husband and wife since the confirmation although the public has heard nothing about a wedding. The couple welcomed a baby girl in August 2017.
- Emmanuel Emenike has had to endure quite a lot in life. He has been shot at by a terrorist gunman, accused of having a fake passport. As a homeless man, he slept on a restaurant floor. He has been targeted by racists and had to deal with the trauma of a horrific car crash.
- Following a slight controversy about his religion, Emenike in an interview with fotball.com said he is a Christian and a Catholic. This was to debunk reports by some sources that he is a Muslim.
- The talented footballer was given a national award in 2013 by then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.