Nigeria has a wealth of talent when it comes to football. Underestimating the Nigerian team is foolish. However, there are some excellent footballers who did not become a part of the Super Eagles, which is the Nigerian national team. If you are into betting with Betway, and have checked out Nigeria secure online soccer betting sites like it, we know you would want to know more about your favorite stars.
Dual nationalities, lack of opportunity or a personal choice to play for other countries are some of the reasons why this happened.
- David Alaba
Born in Vienna to a Nigerian father, Alaba became an Austrian professional footballer. He plays for Bayern Munich and is a part of the Austrian national team. He made his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old. He has played a number of roles on the field, including the central midfield, central defense, right, and left wing. He remains one of the more popular players among Betway fans.
- Gabriel Agbonlahor
Born on 13th October 1986, Agbonlahor was born to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father in Birmingham. Today, he is an English professional footballer. He plays as the striker for the Championship club, Aston Villa which is quite a loss for the Nigerian team.
- Nedum Onuoah
While Onuoha was born in Warri, Nigeria, he was brought up in Manchester, England which ultimately led him to become a part of the English football circuit. He plays for the team, Real Salt Lake in the MLS. He plays as a defender. He prefers the center back position, but he can also play well at the right back or left back positions. Onuoha received an international call up in 2007 from Nigeria. However, he refused the offer and announced that instead, he would like to play for England at an international level.
- Ross Barkley
This might be surprising, but Ross Barkley is actually of Nigerian descent. Barkley is currently an English footballer, and he plays for the club, Everton. He is also a part of the English national group and plays as a midfielder. Barkley was brought up in Liverpool. His paternal grandfather was Nigerian which gave him the opportunity to play for both England and Nigeria. He has played at both junior and senior team levels of the English national team.
- Emmanuel Adebayor
A Togolese footballer, Adebayor plays as the striker in the Turkish club, İstanbul Başakşehir. Previously, he has been a part of English clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, and Tottenham Hotspur. He has also played for the French teams Metz and Monaco and the Spanish giant, Real Madrid.
- Patrick Olukayode Owomoyela
With a German mother and a Nigerian father, Owomoyela had the liberty to choose between the two countries. He chose Germany and played as a right-sided defender/midfielder. He was a part of the German international team and was a part of their squad during the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Angelo Ogbonna
Although he was born in Nigeria, Angelo Obinze Ogbonna chose to play for Italy. He plays as the center-back for West Ham United and is a part of the Italian national team. His Nigerian parents emigrated to Italy back in the year 1983.
Did you know about them?