Football games have dated far back in Nigeria, with football legends representing the face of the country in different leagues no matter their position in the field of the game. 

A couple of footballers in Nigeria have been decorated with titles and honors, which has given them fame and prominence in the field. There’s however a range number of titles recorded down for each of their wins.

Nigeria’s last win

Let’s start from the bottom of the top ten! 

10. Samson SiaSia, 1 Trophy

The former professional Nigerian footballer, Samson Siasia, was a striker and the former head coach of the Nigeria National team from 2010 to October 2011 but he was reassigned in 2016.

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Siasia abundantly played for the French team FC Nantes where he became a league champion in 1994-1995. He again played for Australian club Perth Glory with fellow Nigerian Peter Anosike, similarly in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and Israel

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He played 51 multinational matches for Nigeria, where he achieved 13 goals, and was part of the squad that partook in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. There, is 1 trophy on his record. 

9. Victor Osimhen, 2 Trophies

Victor Is a striker as one the Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. Osimhen began his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, established in Lagos, Nigeria. In January 2016, following his achievements at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osimhen was assigned to a pre-contract with VFL Wolfsburg, stipulating that he would officially enter the club in January 2017

Osimhen later began his geriatric career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. After a season and a half at the club, he started to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018-2019, before moving to France at Lille. In 2020, Osimhen teamed with Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million. 

Osimhen was named in 12 of the 17 matchday squads in the 1st half of the 2017-2018 season, emerging in 5 games. He attained his full Bundesliga debut on the 28th of January 2018 against Hannover, playing the full 90 minutes in their 1-0 win. Osimhen was discharged from the Super Eagles squad, in March 2019, to represent the Nigerian U-23 flank as they were 2 goals behind against their Libyan rival. He scored 3 goals in the rescue match against Libya in Asaba. He has amassed 2 trophies to himself so far.

8. Kelechi Iheanacho, 3 Trophies

Iheanacho is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team. He began his aged career at Manchester City during the 2015-16 season before he moved to Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25 million fee.

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Iheanacho was part of the Nigeria squad that won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the Nigeria U-20 team at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his senior debut for Nigeria in 2015 and played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first Premier League hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Sheffield United on the 14th of March 2021. After a week, Iheanacho earned a stud in Leicester’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, bringing the club into the semi-finals of the competing the first time since 1981-1982. Iheanacho so far has been decorated thrice with trophies in the record. 

7. Vincent Enyema, 4 Trophies 

Vincent is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is considered one of the Greatest African Goalkeepers of all time and his era.

Enyema played for Ibom Stars, Enyimba, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Lille, and Maccabi Tel Aviv during his earliest career. He was also a member of the Nigeria national team from 2002 until October 2015, serving as its captain from 2013 until he retire from international football in 2015.

The Nigeria Shootout hero has participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was named man of the match in Nigeria’s first game of the tournament, making a defiant display that constrained Argentina to a 1-0 win in the 2010 tournament game. Vincent has won 4 trophies altogether. 

6. Victor Ikpeaba, 6 Trophies

Victor is a former Nigerian professional footballer that played as a forward for both his club and country. He was a member of the Super Eagles team to the FIFA World Cups in 1994 but played and scored the lone goal against Bulgaria in the second game of the team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Ikpeba helped win the 1994 African Nations Cup and the Olympic football gold medal in 1996.

Ikpeba was discovered by Belgian club RFC Liège during the 1989 FIFA U-17 World Championship and went to play in Belgium together with a teammate Sunday Oliseh, he was later bought by Monégasque side AS Monaco, then coached by Arsène Wenger after he scored 17 goals in 1993-1993. Slowly, in Monaco, he became a success, despite having a tough start. 

Scoring 13 league goals to help Monaco win the league title following his excellent feature in the 1996 Olympics, and also finished as the second-top goal scorer in the 1996-1997 UEFA Cup. His performances earned him the African Footballer of the Year award in 1997. Victor Ikpeba has been decorated with 6 trophies throughout his career

5. Ahmed Musa, 9 Trophies

Ahmed Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward and left winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Fatih Karagümrük and the Nigeria National team.

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Musa started up his football career in the GBS Football Academy, In 2008, Musa was loaned to JUTH F.C. where he played 18 games, scoring 4 goals in his first two proficient seasons for the Healers. He was subsequently lent to Kano Pillars F.C., in the 2009-2010 season where he lay the league record scoring multiple vital goals as Pillars finished second.

Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Musa was a member of the Al Nassr squad that won the Saudi Premier League and Saudi Super Cup, both in 2019. He has accumulated 9 trophies

4. Finidi George, 10 Trophies

George is a Nigerian professional football coach and former player who is currently the head coach of Nigeria Professional Football League club Enyimba F.C. As a player, he played as a right winger

Finidi was an important member of the Nigeria team during the 1990s, appearing in two World Cups. He played throughout his footballing career for Nigeria with his iconic number 7 jersey. Subsequently earning a reputation for himself at Ajax in the Netherlands; being a dominant figure in a team that gained a victory in 8 major titles, comprising the 1995 Champions League, he played many years in Spain with Real Betis, again having a short-term in England before retiring.

In September 2021, Enyimba F.C. named Finidi as their new head coach. He has amassed 10 trophies in his cabinet

3. John Mikel Obi, 12 Trophies

Mikel is a Nigerian skilled footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, he began his career with local club Plateau United, at the age of 17 in 2004. He made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him, in 2006. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving on to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017.

On September 12,  2006, Mikel made his first entrance for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League against Bulgarian club Levski Sofia and took a substantial shot which the goalkeeper went awry to save and Didier Drogba hopped on the rebound. Mikel amassed many positive remarks for his action in the match

Mikel defined the Nigeria U-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Silver Ball for the 2nd best player at the tournament (behind Lionel Messi) he gained a victory as the Africans finished runner-up to Argentina. Mikel has so far won 12 trophies.

2. Daniel Amokachi, 14 Trophies

Popularly known as The Bull for his build, is a Nigerian football manager and former professional footballer, and a member of the skeptical goals for the premier league. 

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As a player he was a forward who strikingly played in the Premier League for Everton and was part of their 1995 FA Cup winning team, he also played top breakout football in both Belgium and Turkey with extended spells at Club Brugge and Beşiktaş. He was topped 44 times by Nigeria, achieving 13 goals. His period in international football saw him win the African Cup of Nations in 1994 and a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Amokachi moved into coaching after his retirement and has spent time as the manager of Nasarawa United, Enyimba, Ifeanyi Ubah, and JS Hercules. He has also spent two periods as assistant coach of Nigeria, as well as managing his nation on an interim basis from 2014-2015.

Daniel Amokachi is thought back to scoring the 1st UEFA Champions League goal on the 25th of November, 1992. This was an effort achieved with Club Brugge against CSKA Moscow. Amokachi was Africa’s third-best player for 3 straight years. He also earned the Belgian Ebony shoe award in 1992 and 1994. So far he has got himself 14 trophies. 

1. Nwankwo Kanu, 16 Trophies

Kanu is a former Nigerian professional footballer whose position in the field was the forward, responsible for scoring goals up the pitch. He was a member of the Nigeria national team and played for the Nigerian team, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Dutch side Ajax, Inter Milan of Italy, and English clubs Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, and Portsmouth.

Kanu started up his career at the Nigerian league club Federation Works, before shifting to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. After a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, where he won the FIFA World Cup U-17,  he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax in 1993. Kanu has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, and three FA Cup medals

Nwankwo Kanu is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He is a two-time African footballer of the year, a two-time premier league winner is regarded as one of the best players in African football history. The legendary football player, pappilo, has won himself 16 trophies throughout his football career.  

And there you have the best 10 with the numbers of trophies and titles. It is apparent that Nigeria has produced various talented legends throughout the football history over the years.

Do make sure to tell us your favorite players from the list, and best of all, your opinions.

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