Report on the latest earnings of Nigerian footballers who play on international football clubs, reveals that Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho has overtaken Chelsea’s Mikel Obi as the highest paid footballer in the Premier League on £85,000-a-week.
Prior to his newest signing of a two-year contract extension to play for Manchester City, Iheanacho was earning less than 18,000 pounds-a-week when he first joined the international club. This month the 19-year old had signed a new contract to extend his play for Man.City until 2021 and according to him, ‘it a contract that will change the lives of his family’.
John Mikel Obi who moved to England 10 years ago had been holding the title as the biggest buster, earning 70,000 pound per week at Chelsea. While his compatriot at the club, Victor Moses bagged a 50,000 pounds-a-week.
Watford striker, Odion Ighalo will definitely climb the ladder from 25,000 pounds-a-week after he recently signed a contract extension while defender Kenneth Omeruo is on 15,000 pounds every week despite not playing an official match for Chelsea.
Iheanacho’s new handlers negotiated this bumper deal despite ownership tussle with the player’s previous representatives, who are based in the United States of America. Iheanacho’s former agents had proposed a new contract of 50,000 pounds-a-week for the 19-year-old forward.
Recall how he was ignored after he scored two goals during a march between Man.City and Southampton. None of his team mate except Navas had celebrated his equalizer for a briefest moment. The City forward made his first debut back in 2014 on the summer tour of America and he continues to rise, gaining more popularity in the Premier League.
Currently, Kelechi Iheanacho holds an award as the CAF Most Promising Talented Footballer of the Year.