This list shows the top-scoring Nigerian footballers in the history of the prestigious competition, the UEFA Champions League.
Nigerian players have continued to show that they can excel in all competitions; the grandest stage of club football would be the UEFA Champions League. This is why we have compiled a list of the top-scoring 11 Nigerian players that have scored the highest amount of goals in this specific UEFA competition which is the UEFA Champions League.
9. Michael Obiku 4 Goals
The former player of the Super Eagles of Nigeria holds the number 9 position with 4 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifying stages for all the clubs he had played for. Michael was an important player for the club sides Feyenoord from 1992 through 1996. and Anorthosis Famagusta FC during the period 1999-2000.
Aside from this, the former Nigerian star also became the first Nigerian to play in the J1(Japanese) League.
9. Anthony Nwakaeme 4 Goals
The Nigerian international currently plays his football for the Turkish side Trabzonspor. Anthony had previously played for Hapoel Beer-Sheva from 2015-to 2018, where he scored a total of 4 goals for the Israeli side in the UEFA Champions League competition and qualifying matches.
9. Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis 4 Goals
The current striker for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Watford in the Premier League scored a total of 4 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers for his former side Club Brugge of Belgium, where he was from 2017-2021.
Although the current side he plays for Watford is nowhere close to the UEFA champions league, Emmanuel Dennis still possesses a record worth mentioning till he makes a return to the competition.
7. Nwankwo Kanu 5 Goals
The former captain has scored a total of 5 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. Nwankwo Kanu scored these goals at the Dutch side Ajax from 1993-1996 and the English side Arsenal 1999-2004.
He also won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax as well.
7. Brown Ideye 5 Goals
The former Nigerian player was influential in Dynamo Kyiv's campaign in the UEFA Champions League qualifying stages during his spell there from 2011-2014. His period at Olympiacos from 2015-to 2017 was also not barren in the UEFA Champions League as he scored the winning goal for the side in the competition's group stages.
6. Ahmed Musa 6 Goals
The current Super Eagles of Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has scored a total of 6 goals in the UEFA Champion League and its qualifiers. He scored in the competition's group stages for his former club CSKA Moscow during his stay there from 2012-to 2016.
2. Ayegbeni Yakubu 7 Goals
Yabuku holds the number two position with a total of 7 goals. His spell at Maccabi Haifa from 1998-2003 saw him score a total of 7 goals in their eight UEFA Champions League appearances.
The former Super Eagles of Nigeria international was a proven goal scorer in football.
2. Viktor Ikpeba 7 Goals
The legendary Nigerian footballer Victor Ikpeba also holds the number two position on our list. His goals for Monaco, where he played from 1993-1999, had been significant in their UEFA Champions League journey.
2. Emmanuel Emenike 7 Goals
The former Nigerian forward charts at number two with a total of 7 goals in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. His goals in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions league and the group stages for his former club Spartak Moscow where he played from 2011-2013, kept the dream alive for the Russian side in the competition.
He also scored for Fenerbahçe and Olympiacos in the qualifying stage of the Champions League.
2. Julius Aghahowa 7 Goals
The legendary player for the Super Eagles of Nigeria has also scored 7 goals in the UEFA Champions league for his former club side Shakhtar Donetsk, where he played from 2000-2007 and a return in 2009-2012. His goals in the qualifiers and the UEFA Champions League group stages had given his former side Shakhtar Donetsk a chance to remain in the competition.
1 Obafemi Martins 10 Goals
It is no surprise that the legendary 'Oba Goal' holds the number one position on the list. Obafemi Martins scored a total of 10 goals for his club sides in the UEFA Champions League and its qualifiers. His spell at Inter Milan from 2001 to 2006 saw him score goals in the UEFA Competition; his spell at VFL Wolfsburg from 2009 till 2010 was also fruitful in terms of Champions League goals and his period at Rubin Kazan from 2010 till 2012.