Europe is home to some of the top football leagues in the world. Footballers from around the world flock to see them play because they're so good. It's also true for Nigerian footballers, who rush to Europe's top leagues to compete against the world's best. This group of players is capable of competing with the greatest in the world on the field, according to the training they received in their own countries. Below you'll find a list of some of the finest Nigerian footballers currently competing in Europe.
1. Wilfred Ndidi
I believe Ndidi has been the most consistent Nigerian footballer in recent memory. According to numerous global rankings, he is one of the top 20 best footballers on the planet. Leicester City relied heavily on the Nigerian midfielder. The biggest European leagues have taken notice of his ability to exert control over games from a position of strength.
2. Victor Osimhen
Serie A striker Osimhen is a 22-year-old who now plays for Napoli. As a member of the Nigerian national football team, he has an important role. Osimhen began his professional career in 2017 with VfL Wolfsburg, where he wore the number 9. He stayed in Germany for around a year and a half before being loaned out to Charleroi in Belgium. Lille in France followed, and he joined Napoli in 2020 after that. It was a record transfer cost for the club when he transferred to Italy's Serie A for €70 million when he arrived. Osimhen netted 10 goals in 24 appearances during his first season at Napoli.
3. Kelechi Iheanacho
Iheanacho grew up in Imo, Nigeria, where he developed a lifelong passion for football. It was his childhood dream to play professionally, and it came true. With Leicester City, he is now playing in the English Premier League (EPL). As far as Nigerian attackers go, he is one of the finest in the EPL. To his credit, Brendan Rodgers provided the Nigerian attacker with an opportunity to showcase his abilities, and he seized it. In 2021, he overtook Chelsea icon Didier Drogba to become the FA Cup's all-time leading African goalscorer in the competition.
4. Samuel Chukwueze
Chukwueze, a Nigerian footballer, is 23 years old and now represents Villarreal in Spain. He's a winger who has played for the New York Jets and is designated as the team's No. 11. In 2017, he joined Villarreal CF's Diamond Football Academy as a junior player. In the year 2018, he scored his first goal as a senior pro. When he made his debut, he scored twice in 11 appearances. He's a rising star in Nigerian football, having received the Nigeria Football Federation's 2018 Young Player of the Year Award. He's still in the La Liga today, going head-to-head with Villarreal.
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