The Spanish La Liga is another home for top Nigerian Professional footballers for years and has since attracted lots of followers from Nigeria.
From notable names like Emmanuel Amunike who played for FC Barcelona and Finidi George who also had stints at Real best is Balompie and Mallorca.
The Spanish league is not like every other Scandinavian league which serves as a starting point for Nigerians who left the shores of the country for greener pastures.
Instead, it is a destination for players that are well established. Emmanuel Amunike for example played for FC Barcelona between 1996 and 2002 before leaving for Albacete.
Several Nigerian players have also made names for themselves in the La Liga but in this article, we have compiled list of some top Nigerian players who currently play in the La Liga.
Here are the top Nigerian Professional Footballers in the Spanish La Liga
1. Emmanuel Apeh
Emmanuel Apeh is a Nigerian professional footballer currently play as a striker for the La Liga club, AD Alcorcón.
Four years ago, Apeh joined the La Liga club, Celta de Vigo B in the third division. In the following year, he made his first La Liga debut in a losing match against Real Valladolid.
He left the club to his current La Liga club, AD Alcorcón, this year.
2. Kenneth Omeruo
Kenneth Josiah Omeruo is a 28-year-old Nigerian professional footballer who presently plays as a defender for the La Liga club, Leganés, and the national team of Nigeria.
Four years ago, Omeruo was signed from Kasımpaşa to the La Liga club, Leganés, on a season-long loan.
In the same year, he stated that he enjoyed playing in Spain, and in March 2019 he stated that he wanted to sign for Leganés permanently.
3. Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze is a Nigerian professional soccer player currently playing for the La Liga club, Villarreal, and the national team of Nigeria.
Chukwueze started his professional club career with the youth team of the La Liga club, Villarreal CF, in 2017.
After being initially assigned to the club’s Juvenil A squad, he made his first senior appearance for the reserve team four years ago, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Lozano in a draw match against CE Sabadell FC.
In 2018, Chukwueze scored his first senior goal for the club in a defeating match against Bilbao Athletic. He made his first-team debut in a draw match against Rangers for the 2018 to 2019 UEFA Europa League.
He also made his first league appearance in an equalizing game against Levante for the 2018 to 2019 La Liga.
4. Rasheedat Ajibade
Rasheedat Busayo Ajibade is a Nigerian professional footballer currently playing for the La Ligs club, Atlético de Madrid, and the Nigeria women’s national football team.
After playing for the Norwegian club, Avaldsnes IL, for two years, Rasheedat, in 2021, signed to the La Liga club, Atletico Madrid, on a two-year deal.
In January this year, she extended her contract with Atletico Madrid for a further three years, until 2025.
5. Asisat Oshoala
Asisat Lamina Oshoala is a Nigerian professional soccer player who plays as a striker for the La Liga Club, FC Barcelona Femení, and the Nigerian women’s national team.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest African female footballers of all time and one of the best in the world, she is the most decorated African female footballer of all time, and a joint-record four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Three years ago, the La Liga club, FC Barcelona Femení, signed Oshoala. She scored 7 goals in her seven appearances for the club during the 2018 to 2019 season.
She scored Barcelona’s only goal in a defeating match against Lyon in the 2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
She was the first African and Nigerian to score in a Champions League Final. During the 2019 to 2020 season, Oshoala scored twenty goals in her nineteen appearances for Barcelona.
She scored her first goals of the season with a brace against Atlético Madrid in the same year. Two years ago, she scored four goals in a winning against CD Tacon.
Last year, she scored the game-winning goal in the team’s winning match against Manchester City during the first leg of the 2020 to 2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals.
That year, she became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League, after coming on in the seventy one minute of the finals with Barcelona defeating Chelsea.