Zaidu Sanusi Biography
Zaidu Sanusi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Porto and the Nigeria national team. He was born on June 13, 1997, in Kebbi, Nigeria.
He started his career in Portugal, where he played for Gil Vicente, Mirandela, and Santa Clara.
He joined Porto in 2020 and won the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal in 2022. He made his international debut for Nigeria in 2020 and played at the 2021 and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zaidu Sanusi State of Origin
Zaidu Sanusi hails from Jega, Kebbi State.
Zaidu Sanusi Age
Zaidu Sanusi is 27 years old as of 2024.
Zaidu Sanusi Early Life
Zaidu Sanusi was born on 13 June 1997 in Jega, Kebbi State, in the north-western region of Nigeria.
Sanusi grew up in Kebbi State, where he attended primary and secondary school. He developed a passion for football from a young age and joined a local club called Jega United. He played as a winger or a forward, and impressed with his speed and skills.
Zaidu Sanusi Football Career
Zaidu Sanusi started playing football at a young age, and joined Jega United, a local club, in 2013. He showed great potential and talent, and attracted the attention of Gil Vicente, a Portuguese club, in 2016. He moved to Portugal at the age of 19, and began his professional career.
Sanusi spent his first two seasons in Portugal on loan at Mirandela, a third division club, where he played 71 games and scored three goals. He then joined Santa Clara, a top-flight club, in 2019, and made his debut in the Primeira Liga.
He impressed with his pace, power, and defensive skills, and scored his first goal against Benfica, in a historic 4–3 win for his team. He caught the eye of Porto, one of the biggest clubs in Portugal, and signed a five-year contract with them in 2020.
Sanusi quickly established himself as a regular starter for Porto, and helped them win the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in his first season. He also scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, against Marseille, and was named in the Team of the Week.
He continued his fine form in his second season, and scored a crucial goal against Benfica, in the last-minute of the game, to secure Porto’s 30th league title. He also won the Taça de Portugal, completing a domestic double with Porto. He has played 71 games and scored five goals for Porto so far.
Sanusi made his debut for the Nigeria national team in 2020, in a friendly match against Algeria. He earned his first official cap in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against Sierra Leone.
He played at the 2021 and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, and helped Nigeria reach the semi-finals in both tournaments. He has 21 caps for Nigeria, and is considered one of the best left-backs in Africa.
Zaidu Sanusi Football Stats
Zaidu Sanusi is a 25-year-old Nigerian footballer who plays as a left-back for FC Porto and the Nigeria national team. Here are some of his football stats from the web search results:
Goals: He scored 1 goal in 4 matches in the 2023-24 Primeira Liga season. He also scored 1 goal in 8 matches in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
Assists: He did not record any assists in the 2023-24 Primeira Liga season or the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
Passes: He attempted 54.7 passes per 90 minutes with a 69.1% completion rate in the 2023-24 Primeira Liga season. He also attempted 47.9 passes per 90 minutes with a 67.4% completion rate in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
Defenses: He made 0.98 tackles, 1.12 interceptions, 1.40 blocks, and 1.81 clearances per 90 minutes in the 2023-24 Primeira Liga season. He also made 1.29 tackles, 1.29 interceptions, 1.29 block, and 2.15 clearances per 90 minutes in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
Zaidu Sanusi is ranked 236th among fullbacks in the world, 3rd among fullbacks in Nigeria, and 12th among fullbacks in the Primeira Liga.
He is a strong aerial defender, winning 2.23 aerials per 90 minutes. He is also a progressive passer and carrier, making 3.63 progressive passes and 2.09 progressive carries per 90 minutes.
Zaidu Sanusi Net Worth
Zaidu Sanusi’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million as of 2024. His salary at Porto is about $1.1 million per season, and he may also earn some prize money from participating in international tournaments such as the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup.
Zaidu Sanusi Social Media Handles
Zaidu Sanusi is active on social media, where he posts mainly about his football career and lifestyle.
- Instagram: @zaidu_m3
- Twitter: @ZaiduM3