Played 12 professional seasons in Europe’s top leagues. Scored 103 professional goals in 316 appearances.
Scored 103 professional goals in 316 appearances
Nigerian striker with 38 caps and 18 goals for national team
2013: Made 20 appearances in first MLS season after being signed as a Designated Player early on in 2013. Finished tied for the team-lead with 20 points, scoring eight goals (tied-second) and four assists (tied-third). Finished tied-third in MLS with five game-winning goals, matching the club record, and ranked second on the club with two game-winning assists. Team was 9-0-0 when he scored or assisted, and his 0.49 goals per game ranked 10th in MLS. Scored first goal for Sounders FC in 1-0 win at COL (4/20), then went on to score in next two games, a 4-0 win vs. SJ (5/11) and a 4-2 win vs. DAL (5/18). Scored game-winner in 2-0 win at CHV (6/1) on a ball from Lamar Neagle, then assisted Neagle’s 81st minute game-winner in 3-2 win vs. VAN (6/8). Scored twice in 2-0 win vs. DC (7/3), making him the fastest player in club history to score six goals (636 minutes). Assisted on both goals in 2-1 win vs. CHV (7/28). Netted opening goal in 3-0 win vs. DAL (8/3). Recorded goal and assist in 2-0 win vs. RSL (9/13). Made club debut vs. POR (3/16) and first start at RSL (3/30). Made lone postseason appearance when he played 41 minutes in 3-2 loss at POR (11/7).
Other Professional Experience
2012/13: Signed with La Liga side Levante on September 13, 2012. Scored seven goals with two assists in 21 league games, and scored twice in three UEFA Europa League matches.
2011/12: Made seven appearances in Russia’s top-flight and seven more in all competitions in first full season with FC Rubin Kazan.
2010/11: Signed with Russia’s FC Rubin Kazan, appearing in five matches before joining Birmingham City of the English Premier League on loan. Made six appearances with two goals before rejoining Rubin.
2009/10: Spent one season with German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg. Scored six goals in 16 league games (seven starts).
2006-09: Joined Newcastle United of the English Premier League in 2006, scoring 28 goals in 88 league matches and 34 goals in 103 games across all competitions. Had highest-scoring season of professional career in 2006-07 when he scored 17 goals, including 11 goals in the EPL and six in UEFA Champions League play.
2001-06: Began professional career with Internazionale in Italy’s Serie A. Scored 28 goals in 88 league games, and 38 goals in 112 appearances across all competitions. Helped Inter win the Serie A title in 2005-06, the Italian Cup in 2004-05 and 2005-06, and the Super Cup in 2005. Highest-scoring season with Inter was 11 goals in 31 league games and 17 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions (2004-05).
Made first appearance for Nigeria National Team on May 29, 2004 against Ireland. Has been capped 38 times and scored 18 goals in international play. Made two appearances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing a total of 71 minutes in First Stage against Korea and Argentina. Played in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria began youth career in 1999 with FC Ebedei. Left Nigeria at age 16 to join Italy’s Reggiana. Made two first team appearances with Reggiana before joining Inter in 2001. Scored 23 goals for Inter’s youth team and won the Italian Under-18 title. Has two brothers, Oladipupo Olarotini Martins and John Ronan Martins, who play professionally.