Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Seattle Sounders FC and the Nigeria national team. He is known for his speed on the ball. After leaving Nigeria for Italy at age 16, he has since played for a number of top-division clubs around Europe. He began his senior career in 2002 at the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, before moving to the English Premier League club Newcastle in 2006, and then the German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. Having joined Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in July 2010, they loaned him to Birmingham City in January 2011.
His goal scoring prowess earned him the nickname “Oba Goal”. He played in the African Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010 as well as the 2010 World Cup. From his 37 games for Nigeria, he has 18 goals to his credit.
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