Odion Jude Ighalo professionally known as Odion Ighalo is a professional Nigerian footballer born on the 16th of June 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. He currently plays as a Striker for the internationally known English club, Manchester United, though he is on a loan from the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese Superleague.
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He started his football career playing at some Nigerian football clubs Prime and Julius Berger respectively in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he moved to a Norwegian football club called Lyn, and in 2014 he signed up for a championship club called Watford 2014-2015 and was promoted to the Premier League ranks. In January 2017, Odion Ighalo joined the Chinese Superleague for 20 million pounds, before he moved to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in January 2020, he returned to the Premier League, on loan with Manchester United till the end of the 2019/2020 season.
|Real name||Odion Jude Ighalo|
|Date of birth||16 June 1989|
|Country of Origin||Federal Republic of Nigeria|
|Source of Wealth||Football|
|Net worth||$28 Million|
|Salary||N60 million (£130,000) per week|
|Current Team||Al Shabab FC (#89 / Forward)|
Odion Ighalo 2018 represented Nigeria at the 2018 World cup, and he was the footballer with the highest goals in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, where he led Nigeria to the 3rd place position.
Odion Ighalo was discovered by a FIFA agent called Marcelo Houseman and was recommended to Atta Aneke, and he joined the Norwegian club in 2007.
Odion Ighalo’s big break
Odion Ighalo 2017 signed for the Chinese club- Changchun Yatai, and then moved on to the CSL giants Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in 2019, and went on to score many goals as a player. During his stay at the Chinese club, in 2018/2019, he turned down an offer from Barcelona, with personal reasons in mind. He joined Manchester United in January 2020 on a loan.
In December 2017, Ighalo spent about N500 million on opening an Orphanage home in Ijegun, Ajegunle where he was raised as a child.
His story of how he went from grass to grace is an inspiration to many Nigerians, as he constantly continues to do well around the county and internationally career-wise and as a Philanthropist.
Odion Ighalo Salary
It has always been Odion Ighalo’s dream to become a player for Manchester United his favourite football team as a child growing up. This is one of the numerous personal reasons he declined an offer to join Barcelona. So, when he moved to Manchester United, he decided to take a pay cut to make his dreams come through. Odion Ighalo joined Saudi Arabia’s Pro League side Al Shabab on a permanent deal from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.
Manchester United paid a 4 million Pounds loan fee to Shanghai Shenhua to acquire Ighalo and Ighalo reportedly agreed to a 50% pay cut on his weekly wages of 300,000 pounds to make the official move to the Red Devils, where he currently earns 165,000 pounds per week throughout the duration of his loan period. He got signed to Manchester United on the 1st February 2020 and his contract got extended till January 2021, so for his duration at Manchester United, he currently earns £160,000 a week at Saudi side Al-Sadd – where he is now the boss.
Odion Ighalo Career Earnings:
|Year||Weekly Wage||Yearly Salary||Club||Position||Contract Expiry|
|2020||£300,000||£15,600,000||Man Utd||AM/F C||31-12-2021|
|2019||£29,000||£1,508,000||Shanghai Shenhua||AM/F C||130|
|2018||£100,000||£5,200,000||Changchun Yatai||AM/F C||31-12-2020|
|2017||£100,000||£5,200,000||Changchun Yatai||AM/F C||31-12-2020|
|2014||£3,800||£197,600||Granada C.F., SAD||ST||29-06-2017|
Odion Ighalo Net Worth
Odion Ighalo’s net worth is currently estimated at $28 Million. making him one of the Richest Footballer In Nigeria & Their Cars, In 2014, while he worked for Watford he earned a weekly wage of 45,000 pounds per week (N21, 994,091) from 2014 to 2017. According to some sources, Ighalo will be paid 8,000 pounds every time he scores for Manchester United, 9,000 pounds for every game he is involved in, and 3,000 pounds for draws. His estimated weekly wage is 200,000 pounds per week.
Odion Ighalo Cars
For someone whose worth is almost N9 billion, splurging on exquisite cars should not be a problem of his. Cars are desired by everyone and if you can afford them, then you should buy them. For someone as rich as Ighalo, he is quite prudent with the amount of money he spends on cars, as he would rather commit more money to charity organizations, which is admirable.
Ighalo has not been spotted with too many cars, but he is associated with being the owner of a White Range Rover Velar, worth N50 million, and a Mercedes Benz G-wagon.
Odion Ighalo House
Odion Ighalo in December 2018 opened a mansion located in the luxury side of Lekki, Lagos. He built and opened the house, and invited a popular Nigerian photographer- Kelechi Amadi-Obi to help document his success.