Leon Aderemi Balogun was born on the 28th of June 1988, and he is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Nigeria national team. Balogun is currently a free agent, having left Rangers in June 2022. The defender has previously played for Türkiyemspor Berlin, Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Darmstadt 98, Mainz 05, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic.
According to BBC update, Leon Aderemi Balogun made his Bundesliga debut on 19 April 2009 for Hannover 96 in a game against Hamburger SV.
After the defender’s contract with Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf expired in summer 2014, he was without a club for three months until he joined fellow leaguer Darmstadt 98. He signed a contract until the end of the 2014–15 season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Balogun on the 22nd of May 2018, signed a two-year deal with Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
The defender made his competitive debut for the Sussex club coming on as an early substitute against Manchester United replacing injured Lewis Dunk. The Seagulls went on to beat United 3–2 at Falmer Stadium.
Leon recorded his first goal for the Albion to make it 2–0 against bitter rivals Crystal Palace at Falmer Stadium where he scored in 25 seconds after being subbed on replacing Pascal Groß as a result of a Shane Duffy red card for head butting. The match ended in a 3–1 to the Albion to claim the boasting rights in the M23 derby.
On the 31st of January 2020, Balogun signed for Wigan Athletic on a six-month loan deal. And on the 25th of June 2020, he signed a short term permanent contract with the Latics until the end of the 2019–20 season.
The 34-year old defender signed for Scottish Premiership club Rangers on 24 July 2020 on a one-year contract, with an option in the club’s favour to extend for a further year. The former Wingan Athletic star made his debut for Rangers a week later, on 1 August, in a Scottish Premiership match against Aberdeen where he impressed during a 1–0 win. However, during February 2021, he deputised at right back after an injury to club captain James Tavernier and the suspension of reserve player Nathan Patterson. The player previously previously played at right back earlier in his career when in Germany. On the 9th of April 2021, Balogun signed a new one-year contract with Rangers. The centreback scored his first goal for the club in a Europa League group stage match against Brøndby IF. He left Rangers in June 2022 after his contract expired.
Leon Aderemi Balogun who was born to a Nigerian father and German mother, was called up by Nigeria for a March 2014 friendly against Mexico as a replacement for Joseph Yobo. The player entered at half-time, but was injured after 20 minutes in a collision with signage on the touchline. Unfortunately, Leon fractured his foot and was set to miss 2–3 months after surgery. However, he later confirmed to news media that his injury did not require surgery.
The defender, played his second game for Nigeria in a 1–0 loss against Uganda on the 25th of March 2015. Leon Balogun played his third game for the country on 13 June 2015 when he featured in a 2–0 win over Chad in the opening game of qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup.
However, in the month of June 2018, he was named in Nigeria’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The talented defender played in every minute of the three games Nigeria played in, including a 2–0 win over Iceland, but were eliminated after finishing 3rd in their group.
The Nigerian international was included in Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. And his first ever appearance in the competition came in Nigeria’s second group game against Guinea in which Nigeria won 1–0 to seal qualification into the knockouts.Leon Balogun made 4 appearances in the competition where The Super Eagles finished as bronze medallists.
Leon Balogun’s Net Worth
Leon Balogun has garnered an estimated net worth of 2.15 million dollars so far in his career.
Leon Balogun Salary
The Nigerian Vasertile defender, Leon Balogun’s salary as of 2021 is $728,000 per year playing for the Scothish team, Rangers.
Scottish Premiership: 2020–21
Scottish Cup: 2021–22
UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2021–22
Africa Cup of Nations third place: 2019