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Ighalo rated second-richest African footballer in EPL

Former Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, has been ranked second-richest African footballer aged 30 and below in the English Premier League.

The raking by The Sunday Times, placed Mohammad Salah of Egypt as the richest U-30 African player in the EPL.

With a net worth of £114m, Gareth Bale rated as the richest sports star aged 30 and below, followed by Anthony Joshua who is the only non-footballer on the list.

Ighalo was estimated to have £18m wealth while Mo Salah has an estimated £19m net worth.

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On the overall ranking, the Manchester United striker placed joint-15 alongside Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Danny Welbeck (Watford), and Jack Wilshere (West Ham).

The striker is estimated to have a staggering £18m wealth with his substantial £300,000-a-week wage at his parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

The PUNCH reports Ighalo is expected to be 31 years old in June, and his loan at United is expected to end on May 31 with the club holding the option to make the deal permanent.

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According to reports, United is contributing £130,000-a-week towards the former Watford striker’s wages.

While awaiting a contract extension at United, the Nigerian player has reportedly been offered a deal worth £400,000-a-week by Shanghai Shenhua.

Since joining his childhood club on loan in January, Ighalo has scored four goals in eight appearances in all competitions.

Wealthiest sports stars in 2020 aged 30 and under:

1. Gareth Bale – £114m

2. Anthony Joshua – £107m

3. Paul Pogba – £50m

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4= Kevin de Bruyne – £34m

4= David de Gea – £34m

6. Raheem Sterling – £28m

7. N’Golo Kante – £25m

8. Harry Kane – £24m

9. Daniel Sturridge – £22m

10. Jordan Henderson – £21m

11= Anthony Martial – £20m

11= Virgil van Dijk – £20m

13= Mohamed Salah – £19m

13= Luke Shaw – £19m

15= Odion Ighalo – £18m

15= Aaron Ramsey – £18m

15= Danny Welbeck – £18m

15= Jack Wilshere – £18m

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