Living his dream with Manchester City
Onuoha was reportedly a Manchester City supporter growing up, apparently attending the Division Two Play-Off final between City and Gillingham at Wembley in 1999. Onuoha rose up the ranks at Manchester City's youth academy and made his first team debut on October 27, 2004, in a League Cup clash with Arsenal. At the time, he was only 17 years old.
However, a hamstring injury kept Onuoha out at the beginning of the 2005/06 campaign. That would prove to be a sign of things to come as he repeatedly suffered injuries throughout the season. Onuoha was linked with a move to Liverpool, but suggested to Sky Sports that he did not have any intention of pushing for a move away from Manchester City.
The 2008/09 season was one of major upheaval for Manchester City as Sheikh Mansour took over from Thaksin Shinawatra as owner and signalled Manchester City's intent by breaking the Premier League transfer record to sign Robinho from Real Madrid, beating Chelsea to the punch.
Nevertheless, Onuoha initially held his own at a club where he was clearly going to have to fight tooth and nail to prove himself. He made 30 appearances in all competitions under the guidance of Mark Hughes, scoring twice.
Onuoha spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Sunderland. Shortly after returning to Manchester City, he found himself inadvertently caught in the centre of a controversy as City chief executive Garry Cook resigned from his position after appearing to accidentally send an email to Onuoha's mother and agent, Dr Anthonia Onuoha, mocking the cancer which eventually caused her death in November 2012.
Queens Park Rangers' rock
Big move to the USA
Onuoha made his Real Salt Lake debut in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on September 30, 2018.
He featured regularly for his new club during the 2019 season. Notably, he was involved in an altercation with Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the most famous strikers in world football.
Onuoha's Real Salt Lake made the MLS Cup playoffs, but lost 2-0 to Seattle Sounders.
Nedum Onuoha's personal life
"My mum always wanted me to do the best I could and out of respect for her I will carry on trying to do that. The rest of my career is dedicated to her memory. I want to carry on making her proud. She was a very special woman, and even when she was ill she never wanted me to stop playing," said Onuoha of his mother after she had passed away in November 2012.
Nedum Onuoha's net worth
According to the MLS Players' Union's data, Onuoha was the seventh-highest paid player in Real Salt Lake's squad during the 2019 season. He earned a base salary of $450,000.