Obafemi Martins, nicknamed ‘Obagoal’ is a talented and one of Nigeria’s finest footballers. Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins was born on the 28th of October 1984 and is a footballer who plays for the Chinese Super League side- Wuhan Zali, as a forward.
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Obafemi Martins profile
Obagoal as he is fondly called is popularly known for his speed, strength, and skills on the football court, which has earned him many recognitions and accolades since starting his youth career in 1999. He has played for different teams across Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.
|Date of birth
|28 October 1984
|Country of Origin
|Federal Republic of Nigeria
He left Nigeria at the age of 16 and went on to play in Italy, and has since then played for numerous clubs all around Europe. He began his senior career as a footballer playing for Inter Milan, before going on to join Newcastle United in 2006, then onto Bundesliga club VFL Wolfsburg in 2009, before joining Birmingham City in January 2011.
At the beginning of his football career he was scouted by Churchill Oliseh, and from there joined a local football club called F.C. Ebedei. And from there on, some clubs were interested in him and he later joined the club in 2000. He transferred to Inter Milan in 2001 for a fee of 750,000 Euros. He continued to play at Inter Milan, helping the club to win several tournaments and in 2005 he signed a long-term contract, where he was paid 2.5 million Euros yearly up until 2010. While playing at Inter Milan, he became the first teenager to score in three consecutive Champions League Seasons, and he continued playing with speed and tenacity which earned him a playing spot in Nigeria’s 2006 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) team.
In August 2006, his transfer request was accepted by Newcastle United for a fee of 15 million Euros, on a five years deal. At Newcastle, he was given the number 9 shirt, but on the 27th of August 2006 when his team played against Aston Villa he suffered a severe knee injury, but this did not deter him career-wise. On the 17th of September 2006, he scored his very first goal for Newcastle.
In 2015, Obafemi Martins received his U.S.A green card qualifying him as a registered football player in the country. Obafemi Martins is currently married to Abigail Barwuah and together they have a child named Kendrick. He also has two brothers who are professional footballers, although, in 2009, he lost Oladipupo after heart disease. His younger brother- John Ronan Martins currently plays at Seattle Sounder FC.
Goal.com reports that Obafemi Martins has joined the Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall as a free agent after his departure from rivals Shanghai Shenhua. The striker returned to football in July, rejoining the Flower of Shanghai, having been without a club since 2018 due to a hamstring injury.
Obafemi Martins Salary
Before leaving Seattle Sounder to join Shanghai Shenhua on a transfer fee of $2,000,000, he earned a salary of $175,000 per week. His annual salary at the Chinese club was $6.6 million (N2.4 billion).
While he played for Seattle Sounders FC from 2013 to 2015, his base salaries were $1,600,000; $1,620,000; $2,400,000, consecutively for the three years. At this time, he was the highest-ever paid player for Seattle Sounders and was the fifth highest-paid player in US major league soccer.
Obafemi Martin’s Net Worth
It is no doubt that Obafemi Martins is one of the richest Nigerian footballers having been recorded as one of the highest-paid footballers in China where he played. He has an estimated net worth of about $35 million
Though he is not playing officially for any club, he has a number of endorsements, projects, and investments he is associated with ranging from Real Estate to companies to entertainment in Nigeria.
Obafemi Martins Cars
Staking his claim as one of the highest-paid footballers from Shanghai Shenhua, Obafemi has a fleet of expensive and eye-catching cars that are hard not to talk about.
Earning as much as he used to while still a player in 2018, he acquired any modern vehicle he desired.
Even after leaving Shanghai Shenhua, he is still acquiring cars as he wants and pleases. Some of his whips are:
- Mercedes Benz SLR Mc Laren cost $964,521 (N367, 964,761).
- Mercedes Benz G-class cost $295,000 (N112, 542, 500).
- Lamborghini Aventador cost $417, 346 (N162, 000, 000).
- Bentley Bentayga cost $300, 000 (N114, 450, 000).
- The Ferrari Spider cost N110 million.
Apart from his fleet of expensive cars, he has a yacht to his name. He is the owner of an Iguana 31 Expedition yacht costing over N170 million.
Obafemi Martins Yacht
Obafemi Martins Houses
Apart from owning luxury cars, he is the owner of two mansions located overseas and in Lagos. He owns a mansion located in VGC, Lekki, Lagos valued at N500 Million, and he also owns a mansion in Como, Italy valued at N800 Million.
Obafemi Martins mansion in Lagos
Obafemi Martins bought himself a new mansion in Lagos. He took to Instagram to share photos of the magnificent crib and one of his expensive cars.
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