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Russia 2018: Top Five Nigerian Finest Players

By Njideka Agbo 14 June 2018   |   6:00 am

As Nigeria joins the five African nations to grace the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they have sure earned their place as the most fashion-conscious nation with their edge of style.

Just like their impeccable style, the selected Nigerian players are arguably the finest melanin and mixed-race players yet.

Here are our top five hotties this season:

Alex Iwobi

Alexander Chuka Iwobi, is a 22-year-old player who has caught our attention. Keen with his interest in football at a young age, he joined English team, Arsenal, when he was in primary school. He is the football legend Jay Jay Okocha’s nephew. He became a professional footballer in 2013. He is credited with securing Nigeria’s place in the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup. He is a midfielder.

Leon Balogun

(L-R) William Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun

29-year-old Leon Aderemi- Balogun was born to a Nigerian father and a German mother. He made his debut in 2009 for Hannover 96 at Bundesliga. He is a defender.

Tyronne Ebuehi

Born to a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother, Tyronne Efe Ebuehi is a 22-year-old Nigerian player who made his Nigerian debut in 2017. He is a right-back.

William Troost-Ekong

Nigeria’s defender William Troost-Ekong takes part in a training session at Essentuki Arena in southern Russia on June 13, 2018 ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Photo credit: AFP/ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Known as the other half of the “Oyinbo Squad”, 24-year-old William Paul Troost-Ekong was born to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother. The 24-year-old played for the Netherlands at the under-19 and under-20 levels. He, however, decided to obey the call and made his senior Nigerian debut in 2015. He is a defender.

John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi. Photo credit: Twitter

John Michael Nchekwube Obinna popularly known as John Mikel Obi or Mikel John Obi kick-started his football at the age of 12 at the Pepsi Football Academy. The 31-year-old officially caught and held the interest of Nigerians when he played when he played at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships. A promising footballer, he won the “Silver Ball” for the second-best player at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship finishing only behind Argentina’s Lionel Messi. He is a midfielder.

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