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Gift Orban’s meteoric trajectory to the pinnacle of footballing stardom in Europe recently, has no doubt makes him one of the most talked-about youngsters in world football presently.
The fast, ruthless, and clinical Gent striker began his career in Nigeria and Togo as a young footballer trying to make it to the top of the game at grassroot level.
The 20-year-old striker being one of the most lethal goal-poacher in the Belgian Pro League, has not only been terrorizing the league with his pace and ruthlessness in-front of goal he’s also scored a lot of goals in UEFA’s competition this season for Gent.
Here on Naijnaira, we’ll take a closer look at the youngster’s bio, net-worth, stats and achievements as one of the risen stars in world football presently.
Who Is Gift Orban?
Gift Emmanuel Orban is a fast, trickery, ruthless, and clinical youngster who is presently making a name for himself in the Belgian Pro League with a total of nine goals and two assists for his team this season.
The youngster began climbing the steps to become a professional footballer from Nigeria, however, things didn’t pan-out the way he would have wanted but his sojourn to Togo somewhat helped him achieved his aim with the help of a renowned Nigerian scout.
After Orban was spotted in training while in Lome by the Nigerian scout, he was invited to a football program in Nigeria where some Norwegian scouts spotted him and took him to Norway having been impressed with his talent during the trial.
The Bison FC academy product needed little time to adapt to life in Norway, and soon become a ruthless centre-forward in the league even though his journey there started on loan with an option to buy.
Orban having understand the Norwegian Eliteserien League better, became a fox in the box and finished the 2022 campaign as the top-scorer in the Norwegian First Division with a total of 19 goals helping Stabaek win promotion to the top division.
Gift Orban’s Facts & Wiki
Name: Gift Emmanuel Orban
Date of Birth: July 17th, 2002
Place of Birth: Nigeria
Height: 5ft 10inch
Club: KAA Gent
Current Market Value: €9million
Annual Salary: £1.2million
Social Media: Instagram
Gift Orban’s Net-worth & Salary
Orban’s move to the Belgian Pro League for €3.30m from Norwegian side Stabaek FC in 2023 obviously raised his salary-cap and net-worth in terms of financial income for the youngster.
The Gent forward net-worth is reportedly worth $1.5 to $10million having signed with a new club in Belgium this year.
Though the youngster hasn’t been racking up the bucks in terms of his contractual deals with his new club, however, with his current on-field exploit it’s just a matter of time before he would hit more jackpot.
However, Orban annual salary is reportedly to be around £1.2million at KAA Gent which could increase should he sign a new contract with the Belgian side in the future.
Gift Orban’s Career
Orban’s career began when he was scouted by some Norwegian scouts Torgeir Bjarmann and Thomas Finstad in Nigeria during a showcase tournament arranged by Nigerian agent in 2021.
Following his impressive exploit during the tournament, he was taken to Norway where he trained with Stabaek in 2022 before returning after his visa expired.
Orban returned to Norway in 2022 to signed for Stabaek and went on to become the top-scorer for the 2021-22 season in the Norwegian first division with 19 goals.
Having impressed in Norway, Belgian side Gent signed him on a permanent deal in 2023 and since joining the club he has been terrorizing defenders with his pace and ruthlessness in-front of goal this season.
This season for Gent, he has scored four goals against Zulte Waregem which made him the first player the history of the club to do so in the 21st century, and a superb hat-trick against Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Conference League last month.
Though Orban hasn’t wear any of Nigeria national team shirts, but with his current and brilliant trajectory it’s a matter time before he would be extended an invitation letter to the Super Eagles camp.
Gift Orban’s Achievements
The fact that Orban finished the season in Norway with Stabaek in his first year with 19 goals in all competitions, making him a sensation in the Norwegian football means the youngster still has a lot to offer the football world.
As a team player the Gent forward his yet to win a major trophy, however, individually he won the Norwegian First Division Top-scorer in 2020.
The same year Orban also won the Norwegian First Division Young Player of Year, having terrorized the division with his pace and ruthlessness in-front of goal.
He also won Gent’s Player of the Month and Goal of the Month Awards for February 2023 having impressed the fans both in the league and Conference League.
Gift Orban’s Social Media
Instagram: 21.4k followers
This article was updated 3 months ago