Samuel Ojim Kalu is a 22-year-old Nigerian International football player. He currently plays for French Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux. The Aba born player’s main position is that of a winger who can play either on the right or left-wing. He is also known for his dribbling skills and high technical ability on the ball. This article discusses Samuel Kalu’s biography, net worth and salary.
In early 2019 it was reported that his mother had been kidnapped. Thankfully she was rescued a couple of days later.
International career profile
Samuel Kalu made his debut for the senior Nigeria national team the Super Eagles in 2018. The match was an away game against Seychelles, a 2019 African Nations Cup qualifying match. The 22-year-old has become a key member of the squad featuring 13 times and also scoring twice against Libya and Benin Republic, respectively. He has also won a bronze medal for the Super Eagles. He achieved this while playing for the Super Eagles at the 2019 African Cup of Nations hosted in Egypt. He could only play a bit-part role due to the unfortunate health scare he suffered before the commencement of the tournament proper.
After the tournament, he regained his place in the starting 11 of the national team and has featured in almost every match under coach Gernot Rohr since then.
Samuel Kalu: Biography and Club Career Profile
The young winger started out his career playing for Academy side GBS Academy which is based in Jos plateau state, Nigeria. In 2015 Samuel made his first move outside the shores of Nigeria when he joined the Slovakian side AS Trencin, which was a partner Club with his Academy at the time. The young player quickly settled into life in Slovakia and was very impressive during his time there, featuring 32 times for the Slovak Club. His performances caught the eye of Belgian top-flight Club KAA Gent, whom he joined in 2017 for a transfer fee of 1 million euros. He played alongside compatriot Moses Simon with whom he formed an impressive partnership playing either side of the Wings. Samuel played 48 times for the former Belgian champions with an impressive return of 10 goals over the period of two seasons that he played for them. His next move was a big-money transfer to French top-flight Club Bordeaux in 2018 for a fee of 8.5 million euros. He was bought as a replacement for Brazilian Malcolm Filipe Silva de Oliveira, who left to join FC Barcelona. Samuel’s time at the club has so far been a mixed bag. He has shown the odd glimpse of what he is capable of, but unfortunately, he hasn’t been consistent enough to tie down a regular place in the starting XI. Injuries have also not helped matters as he has often struggled for fitness. So far, he has scored four goals in a total of 35 Appearances for Les Girondins.
Samuel Kalu Net Worth and Salary
Even though Bordeaux, like most clubs, does not publicly disclose the personal wages of their players, it’s been reported that Samuel Kalu earns about 12000 euros weekly, which comes to about 624,000 euros annually, while his net worth could be estimated to be above 1.5 million euros.