Nigerian players have lit up Italian football for more than 20 years, with several establishing themselves as genuine legends.
Here’s a look at the 5 highest scoring Nigerian players in Serie A history…
5. Joel Obi – 8 goals
Years Active: 2009 – 2019
Clubs: Inter Milan, Torino, Parma, Chievo
After five seasons, the player moved on from Inter Milan to Parma and later Torino, injuries didn’t help him at all. He is currently playing for Chievo.
4. Stephen Makinwa – 9 goals
Years Active: 2005 – 2010
Clubs: Palermo, Reginna, Chievo, Lazio
Stephen Makinwa saw his five year stay in the Serie A come to at least a temporary end this summer after leaving Lazio on loan for Larissa.
He managed nine goals in the Italian top flight.
3. Obinna Nsofor – 14 goals
Years Active: 2005 – 2009, 2013 – 2014
Obinna Nsofor began his time in the Serie A with Chievo Verona and scored 11 goals, before making the switch to Inter Milan.
In Milan, he could only register one goal. He returned to Chievo Verona in 2013 and struck twice.
2. Simy – 22 goals
Years Active: 2016 – 2018, 2020 – date
The big striker scored two goals against Lazio yesterday, in order to increase his Serie A tally to 12 this season and 22 overall.
1. Obafemi Martins – 28 goals
Years Active: 2002 – 2006
Club: Inter Milan
Martins scored 28 times in total for Inter Milan, before joining Newcastle United in 2006.
Credit: Ademetan Abayomi