By Godson Emmanuel.
We pick Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi this time in our players lifestyle as we highlight the almost quiet and private life of the combative midfielder off the pitch.
Wilfred Onyiye Ndidi was born on 16 December 1996 in Lagos, as the first of three kids that includes two sisters, to a serving military man in the Nigerian Army and a mother who is a trader.
Ndidi grew up at the Military Cantonment in Ikeja with boys above his age a factor, Ndidi attributes to his toughness on the ball, due to the knocks and hard tackles he received from the much older players.
Groomed at the Nath Academy in Lagos Ndidi proceeded to Genk FC in Belgium where he remarkably was taken in by his current foster parents Theo and Marleen van Vlierden.
Wilfred Ndidi is now on a weekly wage of 50,000 pounds at former Premier League champions Leicester City, which comes down to about 96 million Naira a month.
Ndidi’s current weekly wages is estimated at £50,000 fetches him £2,600,000 in a year.
He has an estimated net worth in the region of $1 million.
With all that wealth, Ndidi either either detests flamboyancy or is very covert about his spendings as he hardly post pictures of houses, cars and other luxury acquisitions.
In 2017, he moved to his three bedroom apartment near the King Power Stadium, after staying a few months in a two-bedroom hotel which cost N56,700 per night.
All through his stay in Belguim, Ndidi stayed with the Van Vlierdens, before switching to Leicester City in the English premier League.
Perhaps it was his disciplined handling by his military parental background and that of the European refined polishing at his foster folks that ensures he does not flaunt wealth like many who are fortunate as him do all the time.
Ndidi, however takes time out to celebrate his biological mother, his girlfriend whom he says stood by him from the beginning.
Then of cause he also shares lovely photos of his foster parents and family.
Ndidi has overcame an injury scare to be fit enough for the Super Eagles who start up their World Cup campaign against Croatia this weekend in Russia.