Nigeria is a country blessed with a lot of talented footballers who were not born in the country but originate from the country.
In this article, we will unveil 5 players who are Spanish but are originally from Nigeria;
1. Mujaid Sadick Aliu
Mujaid Sadick Aliu, simply known as Mujaid, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Genk as a central defender.
He is born by a Ghanaian mother and to Nigerian father, Mujaid has featured for Spain at U17 and U18 levels but could still represent either Nigeria or Ghana again.
Born in Logroño, La Rioja to parents from Nigeria and Ghana, Mujaid joined Deportivo de La Coruña‘s youth setup in 2016, from Valvanera CD.
He made his senior debut with the reserves on 22 October 2017, coming on as a late substitute for Ismael Díaz in a 2–1 Segunda División B away win against CDA Navalcarnero.
Mujaid made his first team and La Liga debut on 12 May 2018, replacing Juanfran late into a 2–4 home loss against Villarreal CF.
2. John Nwankwo
John Chetauya Nwankwo Donald, simply known as John, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Elche CF Ilicitano.
Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also play as a central defender.
Born in Murcia, John is of Nigerian descent. John joined Villarreal CF‘s youth setup in 2015, from Real Murcia.
He made his senior debut with the C-team on 24 August 2019, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 Tercera División away win against CF Recambios Colón.
In September 2020, John joined Elche CF and was initially assigned to the reserves also in the fourth division.
He scored his first senior goal on 22 November, netting the equalizer in a 2–2 draw at Hércules CF B.
John made his first team debut on 16 December 2020, starting and scoring an own goal in a 2–1 away win against CD Buñol, for the season’s Copa del Rey.
His La Liga occurred three days later, as he started in a 1–3 away loss against Atlético Madrid but was replaced at half-time.
3. Marvin Park
Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park, simply known as Marvin, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid Castilla.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, to a Nigerian father and South Korea mother.
Marvin spent his early career with Sporting Ciutat de Palma (two stints), English club Tranmere Rovers, where he spent three years, and back in Spain with SD La Salle and AD Penya Arrabal before joining Real Madrid’s La Fábrica in 2016.
He made his senior debut with the reserves on 25 August 2019, coming on as a second-half substitute for Miguel Baeza in a 1–1 Segunda División B away draw against Las Rozas CF.
Marvin scored his first senior goal on 26 October 2019, netting the opener in a 1–2 home loss against Racing de Ferrol.
He ended his first senior campaign with three goals in 26 appearances, as the season was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also helping the under-20s win the UEFA Youth League. Marvin made his first team – and La Liga – debut on 20 September 2020, replacing Rodrygo in a 0–0 away draw against Real Sociedad.
4. Manuel Onwu
Manuel Onwu Villafranca is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward.
Born in Tudela, Navarre to a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother, and raised in neighbouring Valtierra, Onwu started playing with Club Atlético Valtierrano then moved to local CD Tudelano, making his senior debut with the latter in 2006, in Tercera División.
The following year he signed with neighbouring CA Osasuna, being assigned to its B team and going on to serve two loans in the lower leagues subsequently.
Onwu scored 11 goals in 30 matches with the reserves in the Segunda División B in the 2011–12 season.
On 11 March 2012 he made his first-team and La Liga debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.
He made his first start two rounds later, in a 2–0 away victory over Levante UD (71 minutes played).
5. Derik Osede Prieto
Derik Osede Prieto, known simply as Derik, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for CD Alcoyano.
Born in Madrid to a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother, Derik started playing organised football at the age of eight, joining local club DAV Santa Ana‘s youth ranks.
He finished his development with Real Madrid, going on to make his debut as a senior with the C team and helping them return to Segunda División B in 2012.
Derik was called to Real Madrid Castilla for the 2012 preseason, but still appeared in some more matches for the C’s.
His first competitive appearance for the reserves took place on 20 October 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 away loss to Córdoba CF in the Segunda División.