Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Levante and the Nigeria national team.

He is known for his speed on the ball. After leaving Nigeria for Italy at age 16, he has since played for a number of top-division clubs around Europe.

He began his senior career in 2002 at the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, before moving to the English Premier League club Newcastle in 2006, and then the German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg in 2009. Having joined Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in July 2010, they loaned him to Birmingham City in January 2011.

In club football, Martins has won the Italian Serie A title, the Italian Cup (twice), and the Super Cup, all with Inter.

With Birmingham he scored the winning goal in the 2011 Football League Cup Final. He has played European football with Inter, Newcastle and Wolfsburg, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup with Newcastle.

His highest scoring league seasons so far have seen him score 11 goals in the 2004–05 Serie A, and 17 2006–07 English Premier League.

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.

Martins had two brothers who also played football professionally. His elder brother, Oladipupo Martins played for Reggiana, Partizan and Innsbruck, before retiring from football in 2009, due to heart problems. He died on 8 August 2011 of a suspected heart attack in Lagos, Nigeria.

Martins' younger brother is John Ronan Martins. The name 'Obafemi' translates literally to 'the king loves me' in the Yoruba language.

Too much money: Super Eagles striker shows off N100m classy Bentley everyone must see (photo)

Too much money: Super Eagles striker shows off N100m classy Bentley everyone must see (photo)

Too much money: Super Eagles striker shows off N100m classy Bentley everyone must see (photo)
Odion Ighalo scores twice but ends up losing to Obafemi Martins' Shanghai Shenhua (video)

Odion Ighalo scores twice but ends up losing to Obafemi Martins' Shanghai Shenhua (video)

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo scored a brace but it wasn’t enough to help Changchun Yatai avoid defeat at the hands of Obafemi Martins’ Shanghai Shenhua.

Odion Ighalo scores twice but ends up losing to Obafemi Martins' Shanghai Shenhua (video)
5 tough Super Eagles' games MANY fans will never forget

5 tough Super Eagles' games MANY fans will never forget

Nigeria Super Eagles have played some games that their fans will still want to watch, and here we look at the stunning matches Nigeria have played in the past.

5 tough Super Eagles' games MANY fans will never forget
JUST IN: Shanghai Shenhua stadium, club of Obafemi Martins on fire

JUST IN: Shanghai Shenhua stadium, club of Obafemi Martins on fire

The Hongkou Football Stadium, home of Shanghai Shenhua FC where Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins plays went up in flames.

JUST IN: Shanghai Shenhua stadium, club of Obafemi Martins on fire
Nigerian star donates over 500 wheelchairs, crutches to Nigerians with disabilities (photos)

Nigerian star donates over 500 wheelchairs, crutches to Nigerians with disabilities (photos)

Shanghai Shenhua’s Obafemi Martins on Tuesday, March 21, donated wheelchairs and crutches to disabled people living at National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos state.

Nigerian star donates over 500 wheelchairs, crutches to Nigerians with disabilities (photos)
See how Super Eagles star goes fishing on world's most expensive boat (photos)

See how Super Eagles star goes fishing on world's most expensive boat (photos)

Nigerian international striker Obafemi Martins is one of the richest and famous players who has achieved a lot in football and he currently plays in China.

See how Super Eagles star goes fishing on world's most expensive boat (photos)
Martins sends powerful message to Gernot Rohr

Martins sends powerful message to Gernot Rohr

Former Inter Milan forward Obafemi Martins has expressed his readiness to play again for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, should Coach Gernot Rohr consider him.

Martins sends powerful message to Gernot Rohr
What Recession? Obafemi Martins acquires 2017 Bentley Bentayga (photo)

What Recession? Obafemi Martins acquires 2017 Bentley Bentayga (photo)

The former Seattle Sounders FC star Obafemi Martins took to his Instagram page to show off the new whip. He captioned the photo: ‘Coming thru otalenu Yeri Yeri’

What Recession? Obafemi Martins acquires 2017 Bentley Bentayga (photo)
Despite being world's highest paid, Carlos Tevez crashes out of Asian Champions League

Despite being world's highest paid, Carlos Tevez crashes out of Asian Champions League

Carlos Tevez has began his campaign with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on a disappointing note after crashing out of the Asian Champions League

Despite being world's highest paid, Carlos Tevez crashes out of Asian Champions League
Wonderful! Check out Obafemi Martins new mansion in Lagos (photos)

Wonderful! Check out Obafemi Martins new mansion in Lagos (photos)

Obafemi Martins just moved into his new luxurious home in Lagos and pictures of the mansion was shared on Snapchat after a visit by actress Eniola Badmus.

Wonderful! Check out Obafemi Martins new mansion in Lagos (photos)
Big boys! 4 Nigerian players who got themselves JAW-DROPPING gifts (photos)

Big boys! 4 Nigerian players who got themselves JAW-DROPPING gifts (photos)

Checkout four Nigerian players who got themselves amazing gifts to celebrate a new landmark.

Big boys! 4 Nigerian players who got themselves JAW-DROPPING gifts (photos)
Money Speaking! Obafemi Martins acquires world's most expensive boat (photo)

Money Speaking! Obafemi Martins acquires world's most expensive boat (photo)

Just some days after buying the 2017 Bentley Bentayga worth around N100m, Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins has added another means of transportation to his c...

Money Speaking! Obafemi Martins acquires world's most expensive boat (photo)
5 ridiculously cool photos of legendary footballer Obafemi Martins on his brithday

5 ridiculously cool photos of legendary footballer Obafemi Martins on his brithday

Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins is a Nigerian footballer who turns 32 years old today. Here are 5 photos of the legendary striker.

5 ridiculously cool photos of legendary footballer Obafemi Martins on his brithday
4 Nigerian players who may end up becoming politicians (photos)

4 Nigerian players who may end up becoming politicians (photos)

The appointment of Joseph Yobo as SSA in Sports Development to Wike may have paved way for players nursing ambition of becoming politicians.

4 Nigerian players who may end up becoming politicians (photos)
Amid recession, checkout 6 Nigerian footballers who drive exotic cars (photos)

Amid recession, checkout 6 Nigerian footballers who drive exotic cars (photos)

The salaries and wages many Nigerian footballers allow them to acquire fast revs and automobiles.

Amid recession, checkout 6 Nigerian footballers who drive exotic cars (photos)
Super Eagles striker visits former Chelsea star in the hospital (photos)

Super Eagles striker visits former Chelsea star in the hospital (photos)

Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins has paid a to Senegalese international Demba Ba after he broke his leg in a Chinese Super League.

Super Eagles striker visits former Chelsea star in the hospital (photos)
NAIJ.com
Mailfire view pixel