Victor Boniface has emerged as one of the key players in Xabi Alonso’s tactical setup, with his team sensationally leading the Bundesliga this season. The Nigerian forward joined Bayer Leverkusen during the summer transfer window and is now one of the top scorers in the German elite division. Kick Off Nigeria delves into his career path, salary, and transfer value.
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Current Salary at Leverkusen
According to various sources, Boniface’s current salary is around €2 million, excluding bonuses and taxes. In Nigerian currency, this amounts to a staggering ₦1,714,800,000 per year. Victor Boniface moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2023 and signed a five-year agreement. He justified his good, though not fantastical by football standards, salary from the very first season.
₦ 32 976,461
Salary Growth and Transfer Value
After gaining experience at Real Sapphire in Nigeria, Boniface made his breakthrough in European football at the Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt, where he scored 23 goals and provided eight assists in 66 games between 2019 and 2022. His salary during that period was never publicly disclosed but was unlikely to exceed the standard for a forward newly arrived in a not-so-strong European league. The average salary for a player in Norway is around €40,000 per year.
This performance earned him a move to the Belgian first division club Union Saint-Gilloise in the summer of 2022, where he continued to impress. The 6’2” forward scored a hat-trick on his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Klaksvik, contributing to his total of 22 goals and 12 assists in 55 competitive appearances for Union.
Such statistics couldn’t go unnoticed by scouts from leading European leagues, and in 2023, Victor Boniface joined Bayer Leverkusen for approximately €20 million, according to various sources. Currently, his transfer value, as per Transfermarkt, is estimated at €40 million.
Highest Market Value
Move to Germany Increased Salary by 7.5 Times
Victor Boniface moved to Bayer Leverkusen from the Belgian club Union Saint-Gilloise, where he earned only €270,000 per year. Consequently, his salary in Germany increased by more than 7.5 times.
Since his move to Bayer, Boniface has been a revelation, scoring on his debut in the DFB Cup and providing an assist in the Bundesliga, followed by brace performances in his next two German top-flight outings. He has already scored 7 goals in 10 matches. It’s evident that if he continues at this pace, he will soon attract interest from top clubs not only in Germany but throughout Europe. In that case, there will be no limit to the growth of his salary.