By Akinwale Kasali
Alexander Iwobi ended his journey with his North London side, Arsenal Football Club over the week, moving to the Merseyside, to pitch tent with Everton Football Club.
Iwobi, who had spent over a decade with Arsenal, joined the Toffees, as Everton is called, in a deal worth 43.3 million Euros.
The move made Iwobi the most expensive Nigerian ever, breaking Kelechi Iheanacho’s 27.8 million Euros move to Leicester City from Manchester City.
Iwobi graduated from the Arsenal ranks under former Gunners coach, Arsene Wenger.
He won the heart of coach Unai Emery, and was a regular during the 2018/2019 season, in which he scored the consolatory goal for Arsenal in their 4-1 annihilation by Chelsea in the Europa Cup final last season.
Following the arrival of Arsenal’s 72 million-Pound record signing, Nicholas Pepe from Lille Metropole Football Club, graduation of Joe Willock, Smith Rowe into the first team and the loan deal Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid, Iwobi knew having regular playing time would be an issue. When the Everton offer came, he grabbed it with both hands.
Iwobi was an integral part of the Super Eagles team that won a bronze medal at the just concluded 2019 African Cup of Nations championship in Egypt,scoring a goal in the round of 16 Tie against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
Iwobi, however, tops the list of the most expensive Nigerian player, followed by Iheanacho, then 2019 AFCON top scorer who moved to Chinese Super League, Changyung Yatai from Watford Football Club in England for 23.3 million Euros.
Others are; Mikel John Obi who moved to Chelsea Football Club for a fee of 20 million Euros from Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo. Ahmed Musa who moved from CSKA Moscow in Russia to English clubside, Leicester City for 19.5 million Euros.
Wilfried Ndidi joined Leicester City from Belgian Club, RC Genk for a fee of 17.6 million Euros, retired Nigeria Striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni joined Everton from Middlesbrough for a record fee then of 16.5 million Euros.
Lagos born retired Nigeria Striker, Obafemi Martins, popularly known as Obagoal, moved from Inter Milan to Newcastle United in a deal worth 16 million Euros, to partner Shola Ameobi was well celebrated back then.
AFCON 2013 top goal scorer, Emmanuel Emenike moved from Spartak Moscow in Russia to Turkish side, Fenerbahce, in a deal worth 13 million Euros to become Nigeria’s ninth most expensive player in the hierarchy.
Augustine Okocha moved from Fenerbahce to Paris Saint Germain in France cost the French club 12.4 million Euros, in which Okocha was understudied by former world footballer, Gaucho Ronaldinho, of Brazil.
Super Eagles new sensation and 2015 Under-17 World Cup winner and top scorer, Victor Osimhen joined the league of most expensive when he recently moved to Lille Metropole Football Club in France from Belgian side, Charleroi for a fee of 12 million Euros.
Victor Moses ends the list of Nigeria’s most Expensive Player following his move from Wigan Athlectic to Chelsea Football Club in a club record deal for Wigan valued at 11.5 million Euros as at then.