According to a premium rated article in Singapore’s Straits Times, Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo who is at the centre of transfer tussle between Manchester United and China’s Shangahai Shenhua is the eighth highest earner in world football. He is also the highest earning footballer from Africa.
His earning is computed at £20.8m (N9.5 billion), just £1 m below that of World Cup winner, Kylian Mbappe who earns £21.8m at PSG.
Ighalo has proven more than just an ordinary asset since joining Manchester United in January on short-spell loan deal. The Premiership side did not lose any of Ighalo’s eight appearances for the club as he contributed to six wins and two draws.
He scored four goals in three starts. In 356 minutes Ighalo spent on the pitch, Manchester United scored 12 times and did not concede any goal. Those statistics obviously did a lot of honour to Ighalo whose first appearance in the Super Eagles’ shirt was a surprised 0-1 loss to Uganda in a ceremonial match that marked the 100th international appearance for former captain, Vincent Enyeama.
In the list of world football’s highest earners, Lionel Messi, expectedly leads. His earnings at Barcelona are computed at £75.4m. He is followed by former teammate, Neymar who is now at PSG.
Neymar’s earning is put at £61.5m to push Cristiano Ronaldo to the third position.
WORLD FOOTBALL’S HIGHEST EARNERS
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £75.4m (S$132m)
2. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) £61.5m
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) £53.3m
4. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) £24.6m
5. Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan) £23.2m
6. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) £22.1m
7. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) £21.8m
8. Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua), £20.8m