By Balogun Kamilu Lekan
William Paul Troost-Ekong was born on September 1, 1993. He is a professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English club Watford and captains the Super Eagles, the Nigeria national team.
Williams was born in the Netherlands to a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother.
He made his debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has earned more than 60 caps for the team.
Troost-Ekong had his secondary education at Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop Stortford, England.
Ekong started his international career with the Netherlands under-19 and under-20 youth team before opting to represent Nigeria.
He made his debut for the Nigeria national team in 2015 against Chad during an Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifying match.
He also represented Nigeria’s under-23 team at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, clinching the bronze medal in the competition.
Troost-Ekong made his debut World Cup appearance under Gernot Rohr after being named in the 23-man squad for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup competition.
At the 2019 AFCON, Ekong’s goal against South Africa sent the Super Eagles to the semi-finals and a third-place finish.
Ekong started his club football with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht in the Netherlands before heading to England to join the youth teams of Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2015, he signed for KAA Gent in Belgium before being loaned to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.
Two years later, he joined the Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor.
After a year with the Turkish side, he joined the Italian Serie A club Udinese.
In 2020, William Troost-Ekong joined and signed a five-year contract deal with EFL Championship side Watford, where he currently plays.
Ekong is married to his longtime girlfriend, Bambi, in 2014, and they have a son.
At Udinese, Ekong earns £416,000 per annum.
With Watford, he currently earns £19,000 weekly and £988,000 annually.
Ekong also earns some fortune from brand ambassadorship deals with brands like Adidas, Nike, and TAG Heuer.
His net worth is, however, estimated at $5 million.
Ekong is a recipient of the 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal.
He also donates a percentage of his salary to charities.
Troost joined other players and managers in 2018 to donate to aid Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity project to support football-based charities worldwide.
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