Sometime ago during a media interview, the present asked Okocha who is richer between him and Kanu. Okocha said Kanu is richer because he is still playing but that was just a diplomatic statement, I mean no one will expect him to say he is richer than his compatriot, Kanu on tv. So, between Okocha and Kanu who is richer in reality?
To answer this question, we want to take a closer look at these two great ex-footballing legends from Nigeria and what they have achieved both during and after their playing days.
Austin JJ Okocha – Okocha played in four different European countries and five different clubs – Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Fenerbahçe (Turkey), Paris St-Germain (France), Bolton Wanderers (England), and Hull City (England). In 1998, French side Paris Saint-Germain spent around £14 million to sign Okocha, making him the most expensive African player at the time. He has also served as a mentor, at the time, to the man who later became of the greatest football player of all times, the Brazilian Ronaldinho during his time in Paris.
Beyond football, Okocha is a renowned businessman which is probably why he is so rich today. He owns several real estate businesses in Nigeria, hotels and hospitality business, as well as entertainment business. He is the current Delta State FA Chairman. Okocha net worth is estimated to be $150 million.
Kanu Nwankwo – He was once the most decorated player from Africa and has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others. He is also one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. Like Okocha, Kanu has played with five different European clubs but in three different countries.
In terms of football achievement Kanu is shoulder high above Okocha haven won the Champions League and played in four big clubs – Ajax, Inter Milan, PSG, and Arsenal. Kanu net worth is estimated to be $100 million. Okocha became richer than Kanu as a result of his business acumen and fleets of investment but Kanu has more football honors and club achievements.