One of the record holders for the Nigeria national football team in terms of appearances in the senior category is the amazing Joseph Yobo. He is a super-talented Nigerian footballer who is not only a household name in his home country but the entire footballing world. On his best days, he was a nightmare to strikers and he played for the badge both at club and country level. In As of today, Joseph Yobo is undoubtedly one of the most respected footballers In Nigeria. There are a lot of things we need to tell you here on Naijauto about Joseph Yobo, who is presently the assistant coach of the Super Eagles. This article has been specially prepared to reveal to you all there is to know about Joseph Yobo biography, net worth, cars, houses and incredible career.
One of many Joseph Yobo photos at Everton Football Club
2. Who is Joseph Yobo?
- Joseph Yobo biography
Born on the 6th of September 1980 in Kono, a community in the Khana area of Rivers State, the former Super Eagles player retired from active football in 2016. Yobo is reportedly the younger brother to Albert Yobo, who surprisingly also played for the Nigerian national team some years ago. Back in 2008, Norum - the younger brother of Joseph Yobo was reportedly abducted in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. Norum was held for a ransom but later regained his freedom after spending 12 days in the kidnappers' den. Joseph Yobo's age as of 2021 is confirmed to be 41years.
The veteran defender celebrating the AFCON cup with his national teammate
It is worth mentioning that some time ago in the year 2010, Joseph Yobo's career was threatened by a severe Hamstring injury that many believed got to a point "beyond" the natural. Several media sources at that time confirmed that the veteran player had to visit the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, to be healed by the late Pastor T.B Joshua. This was after he suffered a hamstring injury at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations .
- Joseph Yobo Wife
After dating for a while, Joseph Yobo married the former MBGN Adaeze Igwe in a midnight event held in Jos. The ceremony was said to be a quiet one with only a few people (VVIP) in attendance. The marriage was held in 2010, barely a year when the two met. The reason for such a low-key wedding was to stay private and prevent the media from gaining too much access to their personal life. In April 2010, the couple welcomed a baby boy (Joey Yobo) into their lives. And in May 2016, Joseph Yobo and his wife were conferred with chieftaincy titles by King GNK Gininwa of Ogoni kingdom.
3. Joseph Yobo career highlights
In 1998, Yobo left the country to join Standard Liege, where he made his first appearance for the club in 2000. He had 46 appearances for the Belgian club before sealing a move away to Marseille in 2001.
Yobo has had his fair share of playing for many clubs across Europe
He didn't spend much time at Marseille after his first appearance. Yobo was sent to Tenerife on loan, but later returned to Marseille after spending nine months on loan. The former Nigerian international joined Everton on loan and was later signed on a permanent deal worth £1 million under manager David Moyes at his new English club. Everton had to agree to an extra £4 million after a conflict over the transfer of Yobo ensued between the two clubs in 2003.
At the time when he was with the Toffees, he became a starter and was among the few players that played every minute of the 2006/07 Premier League season for the club. During his impressive spell at Merseyside, Yobo was linked to many clubs, most especially Arsenal.
Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama are the only two Super Eagles players with more than 100 caps
However, he declined any move as he committed himself to the club. Yobo became the first African to captain an English club after he was handed the badge in the UEFA Cup match against the Greek club Larissa. He was to act in absence of Phil Neville, who was the captain of the club.
At the centre back role in Everton, Joseph Yobo had played alongside other defenders like Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin. After scoring an "own" goal in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, a rival club, he lost his starting position in the club.
Yobo signed a one-year loan contract with Fenerbahçe in 2010, where he only appeared for the club in just 30 matches and also registered a goal. He was part of the team that clinched the league title. Due to this incredible performance, the Turkish side signed him permanently, giving him a one year contract worth €2.35 million. He also signed for the club but his contract was terminated on mutual agreement, earning him a plaque of appreciation from the club. In 2014, he made a return to England, where he played on loan for Norwich city till the end of the season.
Yobo has scored a couple of own goals for both his country and clubs during his playing career
Yobo received his first international call up during the FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals in 1999. His senior debut came in a match against Zambia in 2001 during the World Cup qualifier fixture. He was a regular starter at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, where he played all six matches.
With 101 caps to his name, he has appeared for the Super Eagles at six AFCON tournaments and three FIFA World Cups. He was part of the squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2013, following the 1-0 victory against Burkina Faso. Watch this video clip below to get a glimpse of Joseph Yobo testimonial match held in 2016, with several football legends gracing the event:
Joseph Yobo Testimonial: Team Nigeria vs Team World
Despite his impeccable career, Yobo had suffered some criticisms for some errors that led to a couple of own goals. However, that cannot take away the veteran brilliance at the backline. He was named the Super Eagles assistant coach after a brief meeting by the Nigeria Football Federation in February 2020. He was to come as a replacement to Imama Amapakabo.
4. Joseph Yobo net worth
Playing several years for Everton F.C, Joseph Yobo salary at the English club grew to a staggering £1,984,000 (₦1.12 billion) annually. He had to take a pay cut after making a move to Fenerbahçe in a transfer that cost the Turkish side £2.5 million (₦1.4 billion). Apparently, the cut wasn't much as he was still earning a yearly income of £1.8 million (₦1.01 billion) at Fenerbahçe.
With such staggering net worth, Yobo is one of the richest footballers to have played for Nigeria
Up until 2012, Joseph Yobo was a record appearance holder for the Toffees. Joseph Yobo net worth has been put around $84 million. When you convert this figure into the Nigerian currency using the current exchange rates, you get a whopping ₦34.5 billion. Unarguably, he is one the richest footballers, both active and retired in Nigeria.
5. Joseph Yobo cars and houses
For a man of such exquisite taste, owning a plethora of luxury cars shouldn't surprise us in any way. He is said to own several expensive cars in his collection. Joseph Yobo has been spotted on a few occasions in a Ferrari. Joseph Yobo owns a customized Ferrari 458 Spider, a Mercedes Benz C63 Wagon, a Range Rover Sport, a Bentley continental GT, a Porsche S Turbo, a Porsche Panamera and an Audi Q7.
The Porsche Panamera is one of the many expensive cars you will find in his collection
Joseph Yobo mansions are located in strategic places in the country. He has a house in Abuja, VGC and also a duplex in the United Kingdom. For many that didn't know, the husband to the former most beautiful girl in Nigeria is the owner of Extreme reloaded, a night club he is rumoured to have acquired for a sum of #80 million.
The former Super Eagles defender playing with his daughter in his home
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6. Joseph Yobo charitable activities
Joseph Yobo might be a private man when it comes to his family but loves to set an example to people why it is good to assist people, especially the less privileged. He founded the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation in the country. Several reports claim that the Joseph Yobo Foundation helps to cater for the poor, especially in areas of education and sport. His foundation has awarded more than 300 scholarships to children covering their primary education to university level. He also set up a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. Yobo also organizes football camps within the city of Lagos.
His charity foundation offers support to the less-privileged in the society
7. Joseph Yobo latest news
- Nigerian veteran goalkeeper Victor Enyeama recently expressed his sadness that Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu could not reach the 100 caps for the Super Eagles. According to Victor Enyeama, only himself and Joseph Yobo hold the joint-highest appearances for the Nigeria national team.
- Joseph Yobo and Enyeama's jointly held all-time appearance record will soon be taken over by Ahmed Musa. The prolific winger has reached his 99th appearance for the national side during the World Cup qualifier match against Liberia held recently in Lagos.
Even though the appointment of Joseph Yobo as one of the Super Eagles coaches might have stirred controversies among football fans, he is undoubtedly one of the veteran Nigerian footballers that boast of incredible playing careers both at the country and club level. As for now, all that we have revealed in this article are the only info we can find about Joseph Yobo biography, net worth, cars, houses and incredible career. We do hope to see the Super Eagles soar high during this tenure of Joseph Yobo as an assistant coach for the national team.
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