Footballers are known for their flashy lifestyles. Their appetite for cars and expensive jewellery, which are fuelled by the huge sums of money they earn, but behind every successful man, there is a woman, goes a popular saying.
Nigerian footballers aren’t different. Solape Lawal-Solarin brings to you the beauties (wives and girlfriends) that have captured the hearts of Nigeria’s top football stars
Mikel’s partner Olga
Mikel’s Russian partner Olga recently caused a stir on social media with reports that she and the couple’s twins Ava and Mia, would no longer visit the Trabzonspor midfielder in Turkey, because of their dislike for the country.
The reports stated that Olga was not happy with the 32-year-old’s move to Turkey, adding that the relationship between the couple had gone sour.
During Mikel’s time at Chelsea, the couple welcomed their twins in 2015 after dating for two years.
Monaco and Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru didn’t waste time settling down with Esty, his fiancée of many years.
Immediately after the Eagles’ third-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Onyekuru tied the knots with Esty, mother of his one-year-old son in Benin, Edo State, with a number of his national teammates in attendance.
Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu were present at the event alongside Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze popularly known as Aki.
Onyekuru completed a £20m move from Everton to Monaco this season.
Kenneth Omeruo married his wife Chioma Nnamani in 2017 and the couple is blessed with a baby girl called Chairein.
Less than a year later, Chioma courted controversy when she described Nigerian legend Austin Okocha as a “mad man.”
Okocha, a TV pundit for the 2018 World Cup, had blamed Omeruo for Lionel Messi’s goal in the Eagles 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday, and Chiomawasted no time in hitting back.More in Home
Chioma then took to her Instagram page to lash out at the former Nigeria captain, saying,“What magic do you want him to do? You mad man.”
Ezenwa got married to his wife, Amaka, in October 2013. The couple shares three sons together including twins named Vincent and Michael, born on May 17, 2014. Their other child was born on July 20, 2016.
Ezenwa, who joined Heartland recently, is a loving dad who often shares photos of his wife and sons on Instagram.
Battling Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo married his lovely spouse, Bethel Ebhota, in a quiet traditional wedding ceremony in Warri, Delta State last December.
The wedding ceremony had in attendance Etebo’s immediate family members and friends at the bride’s family house.
The couple has been involved in charity work through the Etebo Oghenekaro Peter Foundation, since getting married.
As part of activities marking the second year birthday of their son, Wealth, in February, the Etebos visited several orphanages and widows donating food items and toiletries to them.
Odion Ighalo and wife, Sonia, have been married since 2009.
The striker never stops to send good wishes to his wife when she celebrates her birthday every year on Instagram.
The couple has three children, two boys and a girl.
Nantes winger Moses Simon quit bachelorhood to marry his long-time girlfriend, Ibukunoluwa, on December 29 in Ibadan in 2016.
The union is blessed with a daughter named Emmanuella.
Simon is enjoying marital life and revealed that being married definitely has had its sporting benefits.
“Yes, being married and being a father has an effect on my performance. There is a big difference because it makes me concentrate more,” the former Levante man stated two years ago.
The year 2017 was a mixed grill for Daniel Akpeyi. Just coming off a humiliating defeat to South Africa in Uyo in an AFCON qualifier, the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper wedded his partner Emmanuella in a quiet court wedding in Lagos.
The couple had earlier in December 2016 held an elaborate traditional wedding ceremony in Abia State.
Akpeyi and the pretty Emmanuella have been dating before the former Warri Wolves shot-stopper left Nigeria to South Africa, where he signed for Chippa United in the summer of 2015, before he moved to Chiefs in January.
Osimhen’s girlfriend, Blessing
The new Lille hit-man definitely knows how to strike beyond the pitch.
Having impressed on his Ligue 1 debut with Lille, and bagging four goals in four matches, Osimehn has done well to score another hit off the pitch.
Little is known about the Eagles striker’s girlfriend simply called Blessing.
But judging by the picture above, many fans will be left impressed with Blessing’s radiating beauty.
The Bursaspor defender surely knows how to chooose rightly, marrying a beauty.
The stunning wife of Shehu Abdullahi, Sumayya Mustapha, is a beautician.
She owns a beauty store and fashion brand in Sokoto and has one kid with the Eagles defender.
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has never hidden his love for his wife, Fortune.
Fortune, a medical student in Nigeria, had been in a long relationship with the AFCON bronze medallist before they got married in Abuja in May.
In June, Ndidi bought Fortune a new G-Wagon as birthday gift and recounted on social media how Fortune’s friends discouraged her from dating him when he was just starting off.
The Foxes midfielder is planning ahead for life after football after enrolling in Demontfort University in Leicester to earn a degree in Business and Management.
Eagles captain Ahmed Musa married Juliet Ejue, after he fell out with his first wife, Jamilia, who has two kids Ahmed Jnr and Halima.
It was reported that the Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia forward chose to divorce Jamila over irreconcilable differences.
But, he seems to have moved on with his new queen from Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross-Rivers State.
Musa has an assist in two appearances for Al Nassr this season.
December 26, 2018 will always be a great day for Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, as he dumped bachelorhood to marry his long-time girlfriend, Chinyere, in a traditional wedding held in Owerri, Imo State.
Uzoho’s marriage had a retinue of Eagles stars cheering him on as he chose to settle down with Chinyere.
The Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper is currently on loan at Cypriot club, Omonia Nicosia, where he has kept two clean sheets so far this season.