FIFA, Everton Celebrate Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Even though many often choose to associate him with one of the biggest ever goal miss at the World Cup, former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni remains a legend.
Aiyegbeni, who clocked 36 on Thursday was well celebrated by the world football governing body, FIFA as well as the Nigeria Football Federation and a couple of clubs the striker turned up for among which is Premier League side, Everton.
It was this time last year when he celebrated his 35th birthday that Aiyegbeni announced his retirement from football.
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Yakubu’s career spanning 20 years had its fair share of the good, bad and ugly.
Despite often been maligned, the records speak in favour of Yakubu who halted his career four goals short of 100.
He last featured on the professional stage for former League One side Coventry in February 2017 .
Yakubu made only three appearances for Coventry and was left out of their squad for the remainder of last season before his contract was terminated.
The former Everton forward made 250 Premier League appearances - 82 for the Toffees, 73 for Middlesbrough and 67 for Portsmouth - with his last outing for Blackburn in 2012.
Yakubu first announced himself on the European stage during his Champions League debut where he netted a hat-trick against Olympiacos.
It's Yakubu Aiyegbeni's birthday. The bulky striker scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for the @NGSuperEagles and remains third all-time highest goal scorer for the team. Have a good one 'The Yak.' ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/ySIeKGeoDg— The NFF ???? (@thenff) November 22, 2018
At 22, he caught the attention of English footballs when he scored in a 3-0 win over Manchester United, before securing a January move to Portsmouth.
The former striker netted a career high of 21 goals in 2007-08 for Everton, as well as helping Middlesbrough to the UEFA Cup final in 2006.