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Love Island: Ovie opening up on his net worth proves he is super genuine

The challenges on Love Island often reveal cracks within relationships and solidify others. But episode 50’s challenge – the headline challenge – created seismic waves within the villa.

Everyone was affected by what had been said about them while on the show, even the nation’s favourite Ovie Soko!

His net worth has been a topic of interest since the international basketball player walked into the Love Island villa. It’s no secret that he’s probably raking in the cash.

Ovie opened up about his net worth during the episode and proved that he could just be the realest that Love Island has ever seen.

From ITV Studios
Love Island: SR5: Ep29 on ITV2

Love Island: What’s Ovie’s net worth?

It’s believed that his direct salary from basketball alone is in the region of £100,000-£200,000.

However, this is before sponsorship deals, modelling (which Ovie does on Instagram), fees for playing for Great Britain and now, Love Island fame.

Spain is one of the top-paying Europeans leagues with Real Madrid star Sergio Llull earning in the region of £1.5 million per year.

Ovie Soko: Net Worth

Net worth is something completely different to salary and doesn’t indicate how much a person earns. Instead, it refers to a players value in terms of their professional performance, sponsorship deals, marketability and how much a transfer for one club to another may cost.

The Tab claim that Ovie’s net worth could be $35 million US dollars although this is ridiculously way off the marker considering the 28-year-old was not named in the EuroHoops top 100 European players of 2018/2019.

Sergio Llull, who was ranked number 2 on the list, had a net worth of $18 million.

And, to put this into perspective, English international footballer and Manchester City superstar Raheem Sterling only has a net worth of £36 millionthere is no way Ovie is anywhere near the value of an player!

Screen Shot: Love Island series 5 episode 50 – ITV2

What happened during the challenge in episode 50?

In true Love Island style, the headline challenge was sure to come about at some point.

Horrific headlines from The Daily Star and more were read out by the Islanders and whoever the said headline was about got a drink thrown in their face – very classy!

It was clear that many of the headlines touched a nerve for some of the contestants and poor Ovie was one of them.

Harley read out a plaque that read: “Love Island fans accuse India of only liking Ovie to win the £50k cash prize”.

Screen Shot: Love Island series 5 episode 50 – ITV2

Ovie’s reaction to the headline challenge

Ovie was clearly upset by what was revealed during the challenge While getting ready for the evening he said to the boys: “Cos I’m an athlete women have come after me for my money”. He added:

To have money bruv, it’s lonely as f***.

Screen Shot: Love Island series 5 episode 50 – ITV2

Later he sat down for a chat with Amber. The 6ft 7 athlete said: “Today’s challenge threw me out. It triggered something for me, its a lot deeper than people would realise.”

Ovie continued: “As a basketball player, 90 per cent of the things I wouldn’t change about my job for the world. But the only thing I would change is just the fact that people use you a lot”.

He added that in the basketball industry you’re seen as “discardable” saying: “They’ll use you then they’ll throw you away”.

From ITV Studios
Love Island: SR5: Ep43 on ITV2
Pictured: Amber and Ovie chat.

Why was Ovie “triggered” by the challenge in episode 50?

Ovie said the same feeling “sort of trickles into your love life”.

He said: “From the outside, a lot of people would be like ‘why are you single?’ and that’s probably 75% of the reason why I am single.”

Amber pitched in saying that Ovie should be able to filter the good from the bad in people: “You could detect though, you could detect good vibes from bad vibes. From my point of view, she seems like a nice girl.”

From ITV Studios
Love Island: SR5: Ep43 on ITV2
Pictured: Amber and Ovie chat.

Ovie’s partner on the show, India, spoke of the incident in private: “I’m more upset for Ovie. I like him, the last thing I want to do now is have some stupid game.”

“It’s horrible feeling like someone you care about is upset. Like it made me realise even more how much I like him”.




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After studying for her BA in Journalism at Solent University, Helen went straight into writing for GRV Media as years of binge-watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta finally started to pay off. Helen has been with the company for over three years, writing about reality TV and specialising in USA and UK content. Outside of work you’ll find her rustling up Nigella’s latest recipes, or at the beach walking her dog.