Former Harambee Stars and Tottenham midfielder, Victor Mugubi Wanyama, has etched his name in history as the first Kenyan and East African player to grace the English Premier League. Wanyama, who captained the Harambee Stars before retiring from national duty, currently plies his trade with CF Montreal in the United States after parting ways with Tottenham Hotspur in 2020.
The 32-year-old midfielder initiated his football journey in the Kenyan domestic league with Nairobi City Stars, affectionately known as ‘Simba wa Nairobi.’ Following a brief one-year stint with AFC Leopards, he set his sights on Europe to pursue his aspirations.
Wanyama’s breakthrough into the English Premier League occurred in 2013 when he signed with Southampton, who have since been relegated, securing his transfer from Scottish champions Celtic for an estimated fee of around €5 million.
After a commendable three-season stint at St. Mary’s Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur acquired his services in 2016, completing the transfer for a total fee of €15 million. The seasoned midfielder’s journey from the local Kenyan league to top European clubs marks a significant milestone for East African football.
In 2018 Wanyama scored one of the Greatest Premier League goals against Liverpool, the goal went on to be voted as the Goal of the Month for February.
According to MLS official site, Wanyama earns Ksh24 million a month at the club, totaling Ksh290,280,000 yearly. Wanyama also takes homes an annual guaranteed compensation rising to Ksh373, 937,123 annually.
The annual guaranteed compensation comprises a player’s base salary, all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, inclusive of marketing bonus and agent’s fees.
With such a huge salary, Wanyama owns several properties by his name. The midfielder is a big fan of cars, and he boasts several car collections at his home garage. Today we will look at some of the Wanyama’s properties he owns by his name.
Volkswagen Crafter CR53 Maxi
In 2018 while playing at Tottenham, Wanyama visited the country with a Volkswagen Crafter CR53 Maxi car. According to Nairobi News, the luxurious vehicle was estimated to cost an average of Ksh. 25 million with features such as interior and exterior CCTV cameras, a playstation, rotating seats, a fridge, 3D TV screens and a coffee maker.
Range Rover sport
Wanyama also owns a Ksh. 15 million Range Rover Sport, in 2018 it was reported that the Range Rover Sport was stolen by burglars when he was away for Tottenham, but it was recovered days later by the police. later recovered by the police.
Bentley 2017 Model & Cadillac Escalade
He also owns a 2017 Bentley model that is estimated to cost around Ksh20 million and a Cadillac Escalade, another luxurious car that the footballer has been spotted driving. It reportedly cost him KSh. 8 million.
Hummer H3 is another car in Wanyama’s collection. The H3 model costs between KSh. 17 million and KSh. 32 million, depending on the manufacturing year.
The 32-year-old owns in multi-million homes in Nairobi and abroad. During his time at Tottenham, Wanyama bought several properties in Kenya and in UK.
60 million Mansion in UK
While he was at the London club, Victor Wanyama acquired himself a beautiful mansion in the outskirts of England’s capital city. It is reported he bought the mansion for the estimated amount of 60 million Kenya shillings.
A Mansion in Kileleshwa Nairobi
The legendary player also owns a in one of lavish areas in Nairobi, Kileleshwa. Wanyama, who loves good things in life, equipped his Nairobi home with expensive furniture and home wares, gamer seats and modern electronics.
Victor Wanyama Foundation
The Kenyan legendary footballer extended his hand to giving back to the community after establishing a world-class academy in Busia County called Victor Wanyama Foundation in which it focuses on sports, education, health and wildlife.
Apart from sports activities, the foundation sponsors needy students through scholarships, creates job opportunities and sensitizes people on the protection of wildlife threatened by illegal poaching and trade. After the last year’s KCSE results announcement, Wanyama took to his social media platforms to congratulate the students under his foundation who excelled in 2023 KCSE exam.