Nigeria prides herself as one of the countries that are blessed with great footballers, which speaks success at the local and international scenes. One of them that should be mentioned is Vincent Enyeama, one of the most celebrated footballers in Nigeria, the greatest Nigerian goalkeeper ever to step on this earth.
Perhaps you've been asking questions about Vincent Enyeama's biography and various aspect of his life and career and this article pieced together on Naijauto.com will be providing you with the opportunity to know more about the popular footballer. This post will be mirroring Vincent Enyeama's net worth, cars, and houses.
Let's get started!
1. Vincent Enyeama's biography
1.1 Who is Vincent Enyeama?
Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian professional footballer who enjoyed a successful career as a goalkeeper for French club Lille. He was also a member of the Nigerian national team since 2002. There, he took up the position of the team's captain from 2013 until he retired from international football in 2015 after a misunderstanding with coach Sunday Oliseh.
Vincent Enyeama is arguably the most celebrated Nigerian goalkeeper of all time
Vincent Enyeama started his football career in 1999 with Ibom Stars where he appeared in 52 matches. He made his debut as a national team player in 2002. This was in an international friendly match between the Super Eagles and Kenya. The goalkeeper was able to garner the much-needed experience that brought him to football limelight in Enyimba International. From 2001-2004, he spent three seasons with Enyimba International F.C where he won two African Championship leagues. After spending another season with Iwuanyanwu National, Enyeama moved to Brei Yehuda, a minor Israeli club. He played for the club in the 2006 UEFA Cup competition and they took the fourth place in the Israeli Premier League.
In 2007, the former Super Eagle's captain signed up a contract with another Israeli club named Hapoel Tell Aviv. His top-notch skill as a goalkeeper helped the club to get to the state cup final. After his contract with the Israeli club ended, He joined French club Lille in 2011 under a three-year contract and made his debut with Lille on the 18th of October 2011 in the 2012 UEFA Champions League match against Inter Milan.
The goalkeeper agreed to a one-year loan arrangement with Maccabi Tell Aviv in August 2012. He made 27 appearances in the Israeli Premier League and was instrumental to Maccabi winning the championship title.
Enyeama was picked by Ligue 1 club manager, Rene Girard, as the choosen goalkeeper for the club during the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 season. A choice that was made ahead of Steeve Elana, the club's first-choice goalkeeper under Rudi Garcia.
Aside from all these proud achievements, Vincent Enyeama, more than that, is the first goalkeeper to win the French Ligue 1 African player of the year award, an accolade he clinched in 2014. He was also adjudged the most capped Nigerian footballer of all time, with 101 caps under his belt.
Vincent Enyeama the shot-stopper doing what he knows how to do best!
The ex-Super Eagle player had an amazing career and worthy of mention is one game that stood out for him. The 2010 World Cup where Nigeria played against Argentina. Vincent Enyeama and Messi had a confrontation during the match. Messi tried netting a goal on several occasions but his efforts were thwarted by Enyeama, the shot-stopper. Though the game ended with Argentina defeating Nigeria 1-0, Vincent's performance earned him the man of the match award.
Vincent Enyeama retired as an international footballer on 8 October 2015. He later returned to soccer in October 2017.
1.2 Vincent Enyeama's goals
Interestingly enough, Vincent Enyeama scored 25 goals all through his football career. 15 of the goals were reportedly scored in Israel.
1.3 Vincent Enyeama's age
Vincent Enyeama was born into a Christian home on 29 August 1982 in Kaduna State. He is 37 years old and hails from Urua Inyang, Akwa Ibom State.
Some football enthusiasts are confused about Vincent Enyeama's state of origin as he was born in Kaduna but this post has cleared up the misconception about his hometown.
Enyeama is African's most respected goalkeeper!
1.4 Vincent Enyeama's family
On the family scene, Vincent Enyeama is happily married to Promise Enyeama. The couple got married in June 2006 and their union is blessed with three beautiful children- a boy and two girls.
Vincent is happily married to Promise and has 3 lovely children
2. Vincent Enyeama's net worth
When it comes to professional footballers, their take-home pay is dependent on factors like where the players ply their trade, their abilities, etc.
At the beginning of the ex-Super Eagle's career in Lille, his monthly salary was between €150,000 and €180,000 with an annual salary of €1.8 million. We do know Enyeama has no club at the moment, so his net worth may have dropped. However, as the most accomplished players in Nigeria, Vincent Enyeama net worth in 2020 is estimated to be ₦10 billion, making him one of the richest footballers in Nigeria.
3. Vincent Enyeama's cars and houses
Though Enyeama isn't a car collector like some other Nigerian players, he sure has enviable rides that he cruises around with.
He owns a Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe which is believed to be worth ₦25 million and a Range Rover Evogue.
Just like other footballers, Vincent Enyeama also owns luxurious houses and has shared some pictures of them on his social media handle.
His Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe is a sight to behold!
What can Enyeama ask for when he has a wife and a Range Rover Evoque that gives him peace of mind!
This lovely edifice is home to Enyeama and his family
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4. Vincent Enyeama's latest news
Since Vincent announced his return to football in 2017, soccer fans have been on the lookout for any news reporting Vincent Enyeama current club.
In April 2020, the well-respected goalkeeper indicated his intention to continue his professional career after telling African Football HQ(a football news outlet) he won't reject any suitable offer from top South African teams peradventure they come calling for him.
During the interview, Enyeama said,
Johannesburg is a good place to be. If there's an opportunity to play at Chiefs or Pirate, why not?
Football is my life, football is my blood and if there is an opportunity to play and the terms and details are okay and my family and wife are okay with it, then we move.
The 38-year-old shows no intention to retire just yet
Vincent Enyeama's wishes have become a reality and it's coming all the way from France. The former Super Eagle's goalkeeper has been offered his first coaching job in France. His appointment came in June.
He was appointed a goalkeeper's coach in a French club called Iris Club de Croix.
The club which made the announcement on their Facebook page disclosed that Vincent Enyeama will be responsible for their reserve team and U16s.
So, Enyeama has gone back to football but in a different capacity. He is now a goalkeeper's coach for Club de Croix.
Vincent Enyeama's net worth, cars, and houses has given us a detailed outlook on the goalkeeper's career and life.
For sure Enyeama is a shot-stopper to have been appointed a goalkeeper's coach, having displayed his skills on the pitch. His new job has brought him back to the news headline and football enthusiasts can't wait to read more about him.
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