Emmanuel Dennis is one of the "emerging" Nigerian football stars that many football fans all over the country should start giving more attention to because he is currently making big waves at his present club. And just like many other popular footballers around the world, Emmanuel Dennis seeks his fortune from what he loves doing, which is playing soccer. He luckily made it to Watford F.C. just when the club was in dire need of a striker, prior to the departure of their cult hero Deeney.
Dennis' debut for Watford F.C. ended so well that he bagged the man of the match award after assisting the club to cling to their first victory of the season, which is a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at the vicarage road in the first game of the season. Emmanuel Dennis has recently shown a lot of promise and that is something many Nigerian football lovers and Watford FC. fans are currently thrilled about. Here on Naijauto, we have decided to put out this article at this time to reveal some interesting info about Emmanuel Dennis biography, net worth, cars, houses and his amazing career.
Dennis wears the number 25 jersey at Watford, joining other Nigerian stars wearing similar "Number" at their clubs
Emmanuel Dennis currently wears the number 25 shirt for Watford Football Club at the ongoing 2021/22 English Premier League season. The number on his jersey is quite Iconic considering Nigerian players that have worn it over the years in the English top flight. Notable Nigerian football stars like Nwankwo Kanu at Arsenal, Wilfred Ndidi at Leicester, Ebere Eze at Crystal Palace and Odion Ighalo at Manchester United, have all worn the number 25 on their jerseys.
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2. Who is Emmanuel Dennis?
- Emmanuel Dennis biography
Emmanuel Dennis was born into a middle-class family in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa State in Nigeria. Before his journey into football, he had wanted to become a catholic priest. He was enrolled in a school in his neighbourhood and it was rumoured that he struggled with football as a kid. Who would imagine that such a boy would become an exciting striker in English football leagues? His parents reportedly relocated to Abuja to help find a better and more suitable environment for their son's football talent. That was how Emmanuel Dennis joined the Accademia di Abuja in 2010. He however ended up spending six years at the academy before his breakthrough into European football. He once revealed that he has been a lifelong fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, which was purely evident in the way he mimicked the iconic Cr7 celebration.
The Nigerian star won a couple of trophies at Club Brugge, one of the top sides in the Belgian top league
- Emmanuel Dennis age and career highlights
Born on the 15th of November 1997 in Yola, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis is a 24-year-old Nigerian professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for the Nigeria national football team and Watford F.C., a club in the English Premier League. Dennis Emmanuel started his football career with the "Accademia di Abuja" in the FCT. It was from there that he sought opportunities in Europe. He signed a contract in 2016 with Zorya Luhansk, a club in the Ukrainian top-flight league. His first appearance for the club came on the 24th of July 2016, in a 3-0 win against Olimpik Donetsk. Interestingly, he netted in his debut as he scored the first goal of the match.
Emmanuel Dennis scored the first goal in a 3-0 win for his side during his very first international club football appearance
He didn't make the first team selection at the beginning of the season until he was given a chance to make his debut at the UEFA Europa League fixture against Feyenoord. Interestingly, he was a spectacle to watch as the match ended in a 1-1 tie. In the tournament, he also played group stage matches against the likes of Manchester United and Fenerbahçe. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian side didn't progress to the next stage of the tournament as they were dumped out after losing two matches.
Dennis' spell at Zorya Luhansk was nothing short of brilliance, catching the attention of European giants like Manchester City and others in the winter transfer window. The Nigerian forward stayed with the club and ended up helping them reach a third-place position on the rankings. A complete performance report claimed that Emmanuel Denis scored a total of 6 goals in 22 league appearances for the club.
Bonaventure went on loan to the Bundesliga club side, where he spent the remaining part of the season
On the 30th of May in 2017, the Belgian outfit Club Brugge announced the signing of Dennis Emmanuel in a transfer deal that was worth around €1.2 million (₦583.2milion). The prolific striker signed a four-year deal with the club and was awarded the number 42 Jersey. He continued his impressive spell at the club as he netted 5 goals in 6 appearances, including a brace over Lokeren in the league. He also scored a brace in a UEFA Champions League match at the Santiago Bernabeu against the Spanish giants in a group stage fixture that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Dennis is expected to feature with other Super Eagles players at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations
Emmanuel Dennis was signed on loan in 2021 from the Belgian club to FC Koln, a club side in the Bundesliga until the end of the season. He has so far appeared for the German club just 9 times. Considering most of his national teammates are already plying their trade in England, a move to the Premier League was imminent for the Yola-born football star. On the 21st of June 2021, he was signed by Watford FC., a newcomer to the Premier League from Club Brugge. Dennis signed a five-year contract with the English club and repaid their commitment by scoring a goal on his debut. His team went on to win the match against Aston Villa, in what was considered a thrilling fixture.
Here is a video that captured Emmanuel Dennis' goal and other key highlights of the recent football match between Watford FC and Aston Villa FC.
Dennis, Sarr & Cucho GOALS! | Watford 3-2 Aston Villa | Extended Highlights
Dennis Emmanuel first appeared for the Nigeria Under-23 team before getting his first senior call up to the Nigeria national team. He made his international appearance in September 2019 in a friendly match against Ukraine that ended in a 2-2 draw. He came in as a replacement for Samuel Chukwueze in the 82nd minute.
Dennis Emmanuel who was a three-time champion with the Belgian club moved to Watford in a transfer deal worth around €4 million (₦1.95billion). Emmanuel Dennis skills and antecedent of goalscoring will make him an asset at his new English club. Records show that he scored a total of 27 goals for Club Brugge in 90 appearances.
One of Emmanuel Dennis photos at his new English club
- Emmanuel Dennis wife
Due to the fact that Emmanuel Dennis is popularly known as the "Nigerian Neymar" because of his good looks and football skills, one would imagine he has a lot of beautiful ladies flocking around him. Surprisingly, he is only rumoured to be seeing just one lady in a very secret romantic affair. Quite surprising, isn't it? Well, as for now, he is not yet married so, he might soon unveil his beautiful "secret" lover when they probably begin preparations for marriage or childbearing.
3. Emmanuel Dennis net worth
Over the course of his football career up till 2021, Emmanuel Dennis net worth is estimated to be around €1 million (₦486million). We expect that he would definitely make more money with his recent move to Watford. As at the time when he was playing for Club Brugge KV, Emmanuel Dennis salary figure stood at €350,000 (₦170.1million) per year. His salary at the new club is yet to be officially revealed but, he will most probably earn as much as his Nigerian teammate, William Troost-Ekong who is also currently playing for Watford FC.
4. Emmanuel Dennis cars and houses
Just like every kid out there, Emmanuel Dennis grew up dreaming of a better life for himself and his family. Well, luck shone on him and now he could afford to acquire some of the best things in life. He mostly enjoys a luxurious lifestyle and there is enough money in his bank account to treat himself such. Emmanuel Dennis is well-known for riding in private jets especially when he is going on distant trips. Also, many unconfirmed sources claim that owns a number of fancy cars in his collection as well as properties in undisclosed locations. As of the time of writing this report, most of his cars and properties remain hidden from the public eye but he has been seen several times with a certain white-painted luxury Mercedes car.
Emmanuel Dennis enjoys riding in private jets and he sure does love the luxury life
5. Emmanuel Dennis latest news
Emmanuel Dennis recently became the latest Nigerian star to wear the famous number 25 for a Premier League club. He was awarded the number after sealing a transfer move from the top tier Belgian club. With his latest move, he has joined the likes of other Nigerian stars at Watford like Isaac Success and William Troost-Ekong, in what promises to be an entertaining season.
It is quite interesting to see that Emmanuel Dennis is still young and possibly at the start of his football career yet, he has been setting great records so far. We do hope to hear more good news about him as his career proceeds further. Nonetheless, we have to say that all of the information you have read above are the most interesting gist we currently have on Emmanuel Dennis biography, net worth, cars, houses and amazing career so far.