In this post, we aim to introduce the top 10 best Nigerian football players of 2020. Most of them play in the English Premier League and six among them have started to play for the Nigerian national team. That means not only are they regarded as professional footballers despite their young age but also as the biggest Nigerian football stars of 2020.
Top Ten Best Nigerian Footballers of 2020 includes:
10. Umar Sadiq
Umar Sadiq is a Nigerian professional footballer born in February 1997 at Kaduna, Nigeria. The 23 years old currently plays for the Serbian giant’s Partizan as a forward, he could be dangerous in the air due to his height. He has spent most of his career on loan from 2014 to 2016 at Roma, Lavagnese, and another 6 clubs from 2016 to 2020. Sadiq has scored 11 goals in 18 appearances for Partizan which could be translated to a goal per two appearances and this could have been what the Serbian club saw that made them make his loan deal permanent.
9. Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi is a Nigerian professional footballer who was born in August 1997 at Illorin, Nigeria. The 23 years old is among the greatest players from Nigeria in 2020 and has a style of play which gives him comparison with Nigeria’s highest goalscorer Rashidi Yekini. Taiwo Awoniyi has been a Liverpool player since 2015 when they signed him for a transfer fee of €440,000 but hasn’t featured for them. Just like Umar Sadiq, he has spent most of his career on loan to several clubs in Europe.
8. Moses Simon
Moses Simon is one of the best Nigerian players in 2020, he was born in July 1995 making him 25 years and he currently plays as a winger and supporting striker. His best season was during his stay at Belgium playing for Gent in 2015 where he won the Belgian Pro League and Belgian Super Cup in the same season.
7. Henry Onyekuru
Henry Onyekuru is a Nigerian professional footballer and is one of the best Nigerian players in 2020. He was born in June 1997 and he plays for Turkish club Galatasaray on loan from AS Monaco, a product of Aspire Academy of Qatar. With Galatasary, the Nigerian winger has won both the Turkish Super League and Turkish Cup in 2018/19 season where he scored 14 goals in 31 appearances despite not playing as a striker. He can also play as a striker
6. Joe Aribo
Joe Aribo is one of the best Nigerian players in 2020 who deserves to be on the list. He was born in July 1996 in Camberwell, England, he is also considered as an English citizen. The 24 years old currently plays for Rangers which is one of the most successful clubs in the Scottish Premiership. Aribo has never played for an English top tier club but he has played for an English second-tier club, Charlton Athletic from 2015 – 2019.
5. Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi is one of the best footballers from Nigeria in 2020, he plays for Premier League club Everton but has spent most of his footballing career in Arsenal from his youth. He is 24 years and was born in May 1996 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was part of the squad that played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 African Cup Of Nations although mostly used as a substitute, he managed to register few goals and this shows he is a good scorer who needs more time to develop so he could be used in the first-team squad.
4. Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the Nigerian players with a good performance this season and deserves to make this list. He was born in October 1996, in Imo State, Nigeria, and currently plays for both Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigerian national team. The 22-year-old has also played for another premier league club namely Manchester City from 2014 to 2017. The Nigerian striker has scored 7 goals for Leicester City in 64 appearances which is far less than the 12 goals he scored in his 46 appearances for Manchester City.
3. Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chukwueze is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Villarreal as well as the Nigerian national team. He has been compared to Legendary Dutch footballer Arjen Robben in terms of playing style. He was born in May 1999 in Umuahia, Nigeria. He was named by the Nigeria football federation as the young player of the year in 2018 and was also highlighted by UEFA as one of the 50 footballers to watch in the world of football with a value of $33m at the age of 21. He won the 2015 U17 FIFA World Cup with the Nigerian U17 national team.
2. Victor Osihmen
Victor Osihmen is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 side Lille as well as the Nigerian national team and he is one of the top ten best Nigerian footballers in 2020. The Nigerian forward has a knack for goalscoring, he scored 13 goals in his 27 appearances for the French club which means he scores a goal in every two appearances. Osihmen was named Ligue 1 player of the month is October 2019 for his great performance, he was also named CAF Youth player of the year in 2015 and won the 2015 U17 FIFA World Cup Golden boot as well as the FIFA U17 FIFA World Cup Silver ball.
1. Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi is a Nigerian professional footballer aged 24, born in December 1996. He is one of the best Nigerian players in 2020, Ndidi plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Leicester City and has never been loaned out since he joined the Foxes till now. Ndidi is good in defensive work, he won 11 of 14 tackles he made against Liverpool in 2017 and has even beat the record again this season. He is also an educated footballer, he started studying business and management at De Montfort University since 2019.