Football has the greatest number of fans in Nigeria. During championships, most citizens read football predictions here and follow the most famous footballers. These sportsmen are popular not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of the world.
Having spent most of his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Carl Ikeme has actually played more games for the Nigerian national team than he has in the Premier League. Yet, he is the only Nigerian goalkeeper to have played in the Premier League.
Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 2017 and retired from football but returned when Wolverhampton Wanderers reached the top division, by then in full remission after intensive treatment.
Victor Moses played in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United, and also played all over Europe on loan for Fenerbahce and Inter. Fans will remember him for the defining role he played in Chelsea’s 2016/17 championship season.
Moses, who grew up in England after fleeing Nigeria, where his parents were murdered, gave up his usual position of extreme striker to take up the position of a defender for the team.
Joseph Yobo is the most respected Nigerian national team player in history, having played 101 games for the Super Eagles. He has also played in three World Cups during his career and was the 2013 African Cup of Nations champion.
At club level, Yobo spent eight years at Everton, when they regularly finished in the top six in the Premier League.
Very few Nigerian defenders have graced the Premier League over the years, but Taribo West spent the 2000/01 season at Derby County.
West won an Olympic gold medal with Nigeria in 1996 and was selected for the symbolic team of two World Cups.
Celestine Babayaro was just 16 years old when he made his Champions League debut for Anderlecht in 1994. When Chelsea paid more than £2 million for him in 1997, he was also a teenager.
Babayaro was a member of Chelsea in the 1998/99 season and also won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the FA Cup with the club. He later spent three years at Newcastle.
Wilfred Ndidi is the main reason why Leicester City has once again made itself known as the top team in the English Premier League for the year.
The club paid £17 million to acquire this talented midfielder from the Belgian Genk team in January 2017. In that time he has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Until a recent injury, he was almost always in the main team.