Obafemi Martins is one of the most experienced Super Eagles players around, having first represented his country in 2004. He was in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ squad and played two games as Nigeria went out in the first round in South Africa.


His appearances in the national team, have, however, been kept back by a number of controversial incidents that have seen the gifted striker being temporarily overlooked by coaches. He was a surprise omission from Nigeria's squad at the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and his future international career was further put in doubt when he left Spanish club Levante mid-season earlier this year to move to Seattle Sounders after the MLS club invoked a buy-out clause in Martins' contract.


He moved to Italy while still a teenager and enjoyed a successful stint with Inter Milan, during which time he won the Serie A title, as well as two Italian Cups. Big-money transfers to Newcastle United, Wolfsburg and Rubin Kazan followed. Martins, who is incredibly fast with the ball, is known for his acrobatic back flips when he scores. He comes from a footballing family as his older brother Oladipupo also played professionally in Europe before retiring with a heart problem. He died in 2011 from a suspected heart attack. His younger brother John Ronan Martins is also a footballer.