Following signing with his current Italian football club a contract translating to over N50 million equivalents, Nigeria’s rising football star, Ogenyi Onazi, decided to make real his dream for many years: becoming a proud owner of what he describes as powerfully built cars. First, he wished himself happy New Year with a BMW X4, while still dreaming of bigger toy. What attracted Oganyi to X4? ROTIMI ASHER finds out..
Like most footballers around the world, Ogenyi Onazi, Nigerian football rising star, can’t wait to lay his hand on sophisticated cars, as terms of his contract entered into late last year includes earning of $265,000 per annum, an equivalent of about N58 million.
“So why not?” He thought. Early this year, he got himself a BMW X4, a Sports Utility vehicle (SUV) valued at about $50,000( about N11,000,000).
What does the 22-year-old Ogenyi like in the car?
He loves its luxury features, including sport leather steering wheel and sporty shape gear selector lever. The footballer enjoys toying with its 8.8-inch screen, which gives access to the navigation system, as well as sound system, with 20gb hard drive storage. That’s not all, he can access internet. Yes, internet with BMW Connected Drive services. Being the M Sport package, Ogenyi is further spoilt with a 16-speaker system with a 600W output for an orchestra-like sound.
There is head-up display that showcases information like warning messages, speed limits, ECO PRO driving tips, and navigational directions.
In addition to many other optional features, which the footballer decided to spoil himself with, he has got satnav with real-time traffic info and a head-up display, heated front seats, and even a device that enables him to connect smart phone with Bluetooth or a USB cable.
What’s more, with keyless entry, he doesn’t need to manually open nor insert key to ignite his X4, which is powered by 2.0-litre, twin-scroll turbocharged engine, providing 245 horsepower as well as 350Nm(Nm refers to Newton Meters) of torque(a measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate). The car’s engine also marries an 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive as standard, which is what BMW calls xDrive.
Late last year, the car-loving footballer signed a two-year contract extension with Italian Serie A club Lazio until 2018, a guarantee that he will continue to earn the dollar equivalent of over N50,000,000 per annum, which explains why he is already eyeing a bigger toy, Range Rover Sports. Watch out for the lad.