Top 3 Nigerian talented footballers in 2022
Nigerian players always impress the fans with their talent and great football skills. In this article, we will introduce to you the TOP 5 most talented Nigerian football players who football critics highly appreciate.
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1. Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu, a member of the 1996 Olympic-winning Nigeria team, is one of the best African football players. Kanu is a football genius, like Andres Iniesta. At prestigious football bookies like, Nwankwo Kanu is one of the players with high odds and is highly appreciated by players because of his talent. He is an ordinary insurance salesman who strays onto the football field and becomes a world-class player. Kanu has a fragile body. His jersey is always flying when he runs on the field. But he is still strong enough to create extraordinary things in football. Kanu once nearly died of heart disease, but he still played for the national team for more than 10 years and played professionally until almost 40 years. Despite being with many clubs during his career, he is still considered a legend at Portsmouth and Ajax.
2. John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder and is currently a free agent. Ignoring the unimpressive first phase, Mikel gradually won the trust of coach Jose Mourinho; when Claude Makelele moved to PSG, Michael Essien was injured. The former Nigerian national player owns 2 Premier Leagues, 3 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 1 C1, and 1 Europa League.
The Nigerian star has played for a range of Premier League teams such as Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, and Everton. During 8 years of playing at these teams, Yakubu has always been among the Top scorers in the Premier League. The season in which the Nigie striker shined the most was his first year at Everton when the striker had 21 goals in 39 games for The Toffees. In addition to the season 05/06, he also scored 19 goals for Middlesbrough. The same number of goals for Portsmouth on April 3.
4. Jay-Jay Okocha
Although he only played for Bolton for four seasons, from 2002 to 2006, Jay-Jay Okocha left a strong impression on this team as well as the Premier League. Possessing a superior technical level, Okocha was once nicknamed the “African Witch.” In nearly 150 matches for Bolton, although he only scored 14 goals, Okocha’s contributions helped Bolton a lot, especially in the relegation battle. Midfielder born in 1973 was honored to wear the captain’s armband of this team in 2005 because of his great contributions to the club.
5. Wilfred Ndidi
When it comes to famous Nigerian players, it would be remiss not to mention Wilfred Ndidi. From the age of 12, in his spare time, Ndidi roamed the streets of Lagos selling pepper, soft drinks, fruit, and peanuts. He even spent a while wandering on the boulevards, waiting in traffic jams to clean car windshields and earn some change.
Ndidi finally saved up enough money to buy her own soccer cleats. He used brand new shoes in a match involving the sons of soldiers working at the Ikeja army barracks. Thanks to matches like that, Ndidi caught the eye of Nduka Ugbade, a former Nigerian international – a stepping stone for him to be accepted into the Nath Boys academy.