Despite the popularity of the English Premier League in this part of the world, quite a few Nigerians have appeared in the Spanish top flight to measured applause and admiration.
Gbenga Okunowo moved from Shooting Stars directly to Barcelona, Rashidi Yekini spent a year at Sporting Gijon, and goalkeeper Peter Rufai had a decent time at Deportivo La Coruna.
But their exploits have already been overshadowed by the likes of Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Granada’s Ramon Azeez, and Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo.
None of those current Super Eagles stars made it here, though, as they are still active in Spain, and their story is not yet entirely written.
Soccernet Nigeria, however, presents seven excellent stars who have made an incredible impact in La Liga in the years gone by.
The 1994 African Player of the Year makes this elite list, not because he amassed more games in the Spanish top-flight than Granada’s Ramon Azeez or scored more La Liga goals than Rashidi Yekini but for being the only Nigerian to have won a major title in Spain.
After claiming the 1994 AFCON and an Olympics gold medal in 1996 with Nigeria, Amuneke was in the Barcelona team that lifted the Copa del Rey in 1997.
But injuries limited the impact of the former Sporting Lisbon at Camp Nou, with Amuneke managing only 19 appearances in the Primera Division across four seasons, scoring just once.