The Nigerian duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa have both crashed out of this year’s UEFA Champions League.

Atletico Madrid proved to be the final bus stop for the two Nigerian stars who were hoping for another miraculous run that would see them conquering Europe same way they surprised all comers to win the English Premier League last season.

In Tuesday’s second leg quarter final clash, Leicester City forced out a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid but it was not enough to see them through having lost by a lone goal in the first leg a fortnight ago.  

Saul Niguez's first-half opener left Leicester needing three goals to remain in the tie and although they threw everything at Diego Simeone's team after the break, they could not add to Jamie Vardy's equaliser just after the hour mark.

Their exit marks the end of a fairy-tale which had been carried over from last season's Premier League triumph, but there will be nothing but pride from their supporters after an outstanding second-half effort rattled the third best team in Spain.

For Musa and Ndidi, they will have to try better next year if they are to join that exclusive list of Nigerian players to lift the Champions League.

The trio of Kanu Nwankwo , George Finidi and John Obi Mikel are the only Nigerian winners of Europe’s biggest club competition.