Super Eagles defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has emerged as Nigeria’s most paid player in Europe this campaign. The 23-year-old has distinguished himself amongst his peers in the Premier League since he joined them from Genk in 2017.
He was the best tackler in the English topflight for the last two seasons and he has continued to grow in leaps and bounds for Leicester City. The Foxes are currently second on the EPL table with 29 points – one better than Manchester City who seems to be struggling this term.
Having sealed a £17 million move to the EPL side from Genk in 2016, Ndidi earns £3.9m per annum, (approximately £75,000 a week) as reported by a Spotrac study.The Nigerian international reached a century of Premier League appearances in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion over the weekend.
Ndidi is also the fifth-highest paid plater at the King Power Stadium – after Jamie Vardy (£7.28m), Kasper Schmeichel (£6.76m), Johnny Evans (£4.16m) and Adrien Silva (£4.16m).Kelechi Iheanacho pockets £60,000 per week (£3.12m) despite his struggles to get playing time at the club.Although, there are indications the forward might seek loan move when the January transfer window opens.
Third on the chart is Everton’s Alex Iwobi with a weekly wage of about £50,000 per week, (£2.6m) to rank behind Ndidi and Iheanacho as third most paid Eagles star.The duo of Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor) and Watford striker Isaac Success earn £32,000 and £30,000 respectively every week.
Former Super Eagles captain and midfielder John Obi Mikel commands a sum of £30,000 per week after joining Turkish side in the summer.While the pair of Torino’s Ola Aina and Kenneth Omeruo get £20,000 weekly pay. William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun complete the top 10 list with weekly earnings of £19,500 and £18,269 respectively. |Neareel TV