Nwankwo Kanu is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal. Nwankwo Kanu net worth is estimated at $9 million.
Nwankwo Kanu Profile
Kanu was born on 1st August 1976 in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria.
Kanu began his career at Nigerian league club Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale.
After a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax in 1993 for an undisclosed fee.
He made his Ajax debut that year and went on to score 25 goals in 54 appearances. Kanu also came on as a sub in Ajax’s 1995 Champions League final win over A.C. Milan
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In 1996, Ajax sold Kanu to Serie A side Inter Milan for around $4.7 million. That summer he captained the Nigerian team that won gold at the Olympics and scored two late goals in the semi-finals against powerhouses Brazil to overturn a 2–3 scoreline into a 4–3 win in extra time.
In February 1999, after just twelve league games and one goal for Inter, Kanu was signed by Arsenal for approximately £4.15 million
West Brom had just been promoted to the Premier League for the second time in the space of two years. Kanu started as a regular for the club, making his debut in a 1–1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers on 14 August 2004. He also played for Portsmouth on free transfere
Kanu was a member of the Nigerian national team from 1994 to 2010, making his debut in a friendly against Sweden.
Earlier on at the start of his career, Kanu was instrumental in Nigeria’s overall success at the 1993 FIFA U-17 tournament in Japan and their subsequent 2–1 victory over Ghana in the final.
With five goals, he was second joint-scorer in the tournament with Peter Anosike and Manuel Neira, behind compatriot and Captain Wilson Oruma.
As well as winning the Olympic gold in the football event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he scored the winning goal in the 4–3 semi-final win over Brazil, his second goal of the match.
Nwankwo Kanu Net Worth
Nwankwo Kanu is worth an estimated $9 million.
Kanu won the African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999. He also won two BBC African player of the year award in 1997 and 1999.
Kanu was named FA Cup Final Man of the Match in 2008
Kanu won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup medals amongst others.
He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.
He made the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times, and is regarded as one of the best players in African football history.