Nigerian players who ever played Serie A made a name for themselves.
Their exploits at their various clubs made their team win trophies.
In this article, we have enlisted 3 Nigerians who are considered best in the Italian Serie A.
NB- Nigerian players currently playing in Serie A were not put into consideration as at the time of writing this article.
1. Obafemi MARTINS: (Reggiana 2001, Inter 2001-2006)
The Nigerian caught the eye of football enthusiast in Italy– in Serie A and indeed around Europe with his lightning speed acceleration and pace.
His first club in Europe was Reggiana where he broke into the first team and after just two appearances for the Teste quadre, he caught the eye of Inter Milan scouts who immediately signed him up for €750,000 in 2001.
In his first season, he scored 23 goals for Inter’s primavera side, helping them to the Italian Under-18 title and this form resulted in a chance to impress in the first team.
His pace quickly earned him a reputation and was a major problem defenders had to deal with.
But it was only after a couple of seasons with the Nerazzurri that he became a first team regular for the Milan club, forming a formidable partnership with Brazilian, Adriano whose power and strength complimented the sheer speed of Martins.
He scored 49 goals in 137 games in Italy.
He just made a return to the game with Chinese Super League side, Shanghai Shenhua.
2. Nwankwo KANU: (Inter Milan -1996-1999)
Another Nigerian that is well known and respected in the game, Kanu is one of the biggest names in African football.
He moved to Italy as a high profile youngster following a successful period with Ajax in which he played a part in their Champions League success over Milan.
Kanu, a second striker turned out for Inter Milan he is regarded as one of the most successful Africans ever to play the game.
He has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards as well as a Premier League title and an Olympic Gold Medal.
His time at Inter was cut short after he underwent a medical examination, which revealed a serious heart defect.
With the help of the club, he recovered and went onto achieve tremendous success with Arsenal.
3. Taribo WEST: (Inter 1997-1999, Milan 1999-2000)
West turned out for the two giant Milan sides where he played as a defender.
However, he had a more successful stint at Inter Milan where he was a vital part of the side that enjoyed European glory by winning the UEFA Cup in 1998.
He was considered by many as ‘the rock’ in the heart of that Inter defence, and his unassuming style, not to mention his trademark hairstyles made him stand out among his team-mates.
But at the end of the 1998–99 season following clashes with former Internazionale coach, Mircea Lucescu, it was clear his future at the Nerazzurri was in doubt.
Once Marcello Lippi was made boss, he was told to look for a new club.
It wasn’t long before he found one, Milan stepped in and offered him a chance to remain at the San Siro.
Although, his time with the Rossoneri was less than happy as he only managed four appearances for the club before moving onto England in 2000, then after jumping from club to club, he announced his retirement in 2008