Obafemi Martins Biography: Who is Obafemi Martins ?
Born on the 28th of October 1984 in Lagos State Nigeria, Obafemi is an international professional football player, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Real names Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins, he is popularly described aa one of the best goal scorers to come from Nigeria, Obafemi has enjoyed huge global success. He currently plays for Shanghai shenhua. He is known for having a tremendous pace on the ball and for his acrobatic celebrations. He is also among the top richest footballers in Africa.
Obafemi Martins Biography: Early Life and Family
Obafemi Martins grew up in Lagos State with his brothers Oladipopu and John, they too played professional football. Oladipopu, who is the oldest among the children played for Reggiana, Partizan and insstruck but had to cut his career short and retire from football in 2009 due to heart problems. He died later on the 8th of August 2011 with the cause of death a suspected heart attack.
John Ronan Martins the younger brother of Obafemi and oladipopu Martins also played professional football for a while but had to retire early.
Obafemi Martins has three sons from three women. Among three of his sons is Kendrick born in 2013 by his Ghanian/ Italian wife, Abigail Barwuah who is a sister to the controversial popular Italian footballer, Mario balotelli.
Obafemi Martins Biography: Football Profile and Career
Obafemi shot into the attention of the footballing community when he joined Inter Milan from Regianna in the year 2001. The. At Inter, Martins. He was promoted to the senior side the following season, . By the following season, he became a regular in the team, featuring.to before moving to the English Premier League club Newcastle in 2006, and then the German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg in 2009.
Obafemi left Nigeria for Italy at the early age of 16, joining Regianna on his arrival in 2001. He eventually began his senior career in the year 2002 at Italian Serie A club Inter Milan with a mouth-watering transfer fee cost of €750,000 (a very huge amount as at 2002), were he settled quickly into the u-18 side, scoring a total of 23 goals, helping them to the u-18 title of that year. Obafemi was so impressive at the u-18 that he was promoted to the senior team that same year making his debut against another tough Italian side, Parma in December 2002 and also going on too feature in the League and in the Champions’ League.
With the Italian club (Inter Millan) satisfied with his contribution to the team, he was given a long-term contract worth around €2.5 million annually in 2005 which ought to run till 2010. However, when the Italian side brought in two huge strikers in the name of Hernan Crespo from Chelsea (loan) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Juventus, Obafemi handed his transfer request apparently in search of regular football as he was no longer getting playing time. He was eventually sold to English premier league team Newcastle the following year.
On the 24th of August 2006 the deal for the sale of Obafemi Martins was finalized for €15 million, with Obafemi signing a five-year deal after which he was handed the club’s cherished number 9 shirt, previously worn by Club Legend Alan Shearer. Obagoal as he is fondly called made his debut for his new club Newcastle on the 27th of August 2006, a 2–0 defeat to Aston Villa where he was carried out off the field with a serious knee injury. He managed to recover quickly and on the 17th of September 2007, Martins scored his first goal for Newcastle.
Obafemi became a very prolific goal scorer, by the time he departed Newcastle for Wolfsburg in a deal worth £9 million in the year 2009, Martins had already scored 35 goals in 104 appearances for the Magpies.
After leaving Newcastle, Martins joined Wolfsburg, then had short spells at Rubin Kazan, Birmingham city(loan), Levante then MLS club Seattle Sounders FC on the 15th March 2013.
On the 24th of October 2014, Obafemi Martins signed a new three-year contract extension with Seattle, almost doubling his annual salary to more than $3 million. Obafemi Martins finished with 17 goals during the regular season creating a club record, as well as also producing 13 assists, a joint-club record held with Mauro Rosales.
Martins had a very successful 2014 season with the Sounders, his second with the club, and was named as one of three MLS MVP finalists. Martins was named as part of the MLS Best XI, and won the award for MLS Goal of the Year in recognition of his effort against Eathquakes – a looping goal he shot from an extremely tight angle near the end line into the far netting over keeper Jon Busch.
On the 18th of February 2016, Martins left Seattle Sounders and signed for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, where he still plays for at the time this bio was written.
Obafemi Martins Biography: International Career
In international football, Martins has been in the Nigerian squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and for the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
Obafemi made his debut for the Nigerian National team in 2004 in a 2-0 win over Ireland at the Abuja stadium,
After being overlooked by the Nigerian football team for the better part of two years, martins eventually had this to say;
” Martins told Italian football site La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I do not have good relationships with some companions. If they do not want me anymore, peace. I love my country, I have given so much. But there are problems.”
Obafemi martins played 39 times for Nigeria and scored 18 goals and represented the three time African Champions at four major tournaments; including the South Africa 2010 World Cup in which Martins played a key role for Nigeria
Obafemi Martins Biography: Wife
He is married to Abigail Barwuah who is a sister to the controversial popular Italian footballer, Mario balotelli. They have a child together, Kendrick, Born in 2013.
Obafemi Martins Biography: Net Worth
He is one of the richest sportsman in Africa as a whole, With a Net Worth of around $35 million dollars ($35,000,000).