12 Highest Goal-scoring Nigerian Players In The UEFA Champions League

12 Highest Goal-scoring Nigerian Players In The UEFA Champions League
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  • Nigerian football stars have been prolific in the major leagues in Europe, the UEFA Champions League inclusive.
  • Players who play for the national side have scored numerous goals in the UEFA Champions League, and here is a list of players who have scored the highest number of goals in the competition.
Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League

Nigerian players have continued to show that they can excel in all competitions in Europe and other parts of the world including the grandest stage of club football in Europe, which is the UEFA Champions League.

This is why we have compiled a list of the top-scoring 11 Nigerian players that have scored the highest amount of goals in this specific UEFA competition which is the UEFA Champions League.

9. Michael Obiku                                              4 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Michael Obiku

The former player of the Super Eagles of Nigeria holds the number 9 position with 4 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifying stages for all the clubs he had played for. Michael was an important player for the club side Feyenoord from 1992 through 1996. and Anorthosis Famagusta FC during the period 1999-2000.

Aside from this, the former Nigerian star also became the first Nigerian to play in the J1(Japanese) League.

9. Anthony Nwakaeme                                  4 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Anthony

 The Nigerian international currently plays football for the Turkish side Trabzonspor. Anthony had previously played for Hapoel Beer-Sheva from 2015 to 2018, where he scored a total of 4 goals for the Israeli side in the UEFA Champions League competition and qualifying matches.

9. Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis           4 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Emmanuel Dennis celebrating his goal for Watford

How many goals has Emmanuel Dennis scored in the Champions League?

The current striker for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Nottingham Forest in the Premier League has scored a total of 4 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers for his former side Club Brugge of Belgium, where he was from 2017-2021.

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Although the current side he plays for, Nottingham Forest, is nowhere close to the UEFA Champions League, Emmanuel Dennis still possesses a record worth mentioning till he makes a return to the competition.

7. Nwankwo Kanu                                           5 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Nwankwo Kanu on the pitch for Ajax

How many goals did Kanu score in the Champions League?

The former captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Nwankwo Kanu, scored a total of 5 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. Nwankwo Kanu was an integral player for the Dutch side Ajax, where he played from 1993 to 1996 during their champions league winning season and the English side Arsenal from 1999-2004.

7. Brown Ideye                                                  5 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Brown Ideye

How many goals did Brown Ideye score in the Champions League?

The former Nigerian player was influential in Dynamo Kyiv’s campaign in the UEFA Champions League qualifying stages during his spell there from 2011-2014. His period at Olympiacos from 2015 to 2017 was also not barren in the UEFA Champions League as he scored the winning goal for the side in the competition’s group stages.

6. Ahmed Musa                                6 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Ahmed Musa

The current Super Eagles of Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has scored a total of 6 goals in the UEFA Champion League and its qualifiers. He scored in the competition’s group stages for his former club CSKA Moscow during his stay there from 2012 to 2016.  

3. Ayegbeni Yakubu                        7 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Yabuku holds the number three position with a total of 7 goals. His spell at Maccabi Haifa from 1998-2003 saw him score a total of 7 goals in their eight UEFA Champions League appearances.

The former Super Eagles of Nigeria International was a proven goal scorer in football.

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3. Viktor Ikpeba                                7 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Victor Ikpeba

Victor Ikpeba is a name that resonates with football fans across the world. He is a legendary Nigerian footballer who has left an indelible mark on the sport. He is particularly renowned for his performances on the field during his time at Monaco, where he played from 1993 to 1999.

It was during this period that Ikpeba’s goals played a pivotal role in Monaco’s UEFA Champions League journey. His incredible skills, speed, and accuracy made him a crucial player in the team’s success. As a result, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of his generation and continues to inspire young players around the world.

3. Emmanuel Emenike                   7 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Emmanuel Emenike

The former Nigerian forward charts at number two with a total of 7 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. His goals in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and the group stages for his former club Spartak Moscow where he played from 2011-2013, kept the dream alive for the Russian side in the competition.

He also scored for Fenerbahçe and Olympiacos in the qualifying stage of the Champions League.

3. Julius Aghahowa                                          7 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Julius Aghahowa on International duty for Nigeria

The legendary player for the Super Eagles of Nigeria has also scored 7 goals in the UEFA Champions League for his former club side Shakhtar Donetsk, where he played from 2000-2007 and returned in 2009-2012. His goals in the qualifiers and the UEFA Champions League group stages had given his former side Shakhtar Donetsk a chance to remain in the competition.

2. Victor Osimhen 9 Goals

Highest goal scoring Nigerian players Champions League
Victor Osimhen celebrating his goal for Napoli

How many Champions League has Victor Osimhen scored?

The milestones and records have been limitless for Victor Osimhen as he has continued to break barriers and reach new milestones in his career at the young age of 25.

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With a total of nine goals in his prolific career, the Napoli frontman has scored a total of nine goals in the UEFA Champions League, one goal shy of becoming the highest goal-scoring Nigerian footballer in the tournament. Osimhen scored a total of two goals with the French side Lillie and has now scored 7 goals with Napoli in the competition.

Osimhen would be looking to break the if his side Napoli can secure qualification to the 2024/2025 UEFA Champions League a feat which is possible following UEFA’s new regulations.

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1 Obafemi Martins                                          10 Goals

Obafemi Martins

It is no surprise that the legendary ‘Oba Goal’ holds the number one position on the list. Obafemi Martins scored a total of 10 goals for his club sides in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. His spell at Inter Milan from 2001 to 2006 saw him score goals in the UEFA Competition; his spell at VFL Wolfsburg from 2009 to 2010 was also fruitful in terms of Champions League goals, and his period at Rubin Kazan from 2010 to 2012.

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