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Top 5 Best Nigerian Players Of All Time

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1. Kanu Nwankwo

He is one of the most successful Nigerian player in history.

The superstar won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup medals and two African Player of the Year awards throughout his professional career. He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League,

2. Taribo West 

Taribo West is a Nigerian pastor and former professional footballer who played as a defender. 

At international level, West won 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005,[3] taking part in two World Cups and two African Championships. He also represented his country at the 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal.

3. RASHIDI YEKINI

Was a Nigerian professional footballer who played as a Forward. He is all-time top goalscorer for his nation. Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international footballer, and represented the nation in seven major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993 

In the summer of 1994, Yekini signed for Greek club Olympiacos, but didn’t get along with teammates and left soon after. Yekini career never really got back on track, not even upon a return to Setúbal that happened after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón, he successively played with FC Zürich, Club Athlétique Bizertin and Al-Shabab Riyadh, before rejoining Africa Sports. In 2003, aged 39, he returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC.

After 2 fantastic displays in continental competition as well as playing well at the 88 Olympics, He was now Nigeria’s main goal-getter. After earning 12 caps between 1992 and 1994, the marksman was made a part of the Super Eagles’ 1994 AFCON squad.

4. JOHN MIKEL OBI

Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder.Mikel started his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. He was signed to Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019. He went back to England in August 2020 joining Stoke City.In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 91 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals.

Mikel represented the Nigeria under-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and he won the Silver Ball for the second-best player at the tournament (behind Lionel Messi) as the Africans finished runner-up to Argentina. Mikel made his debut for the Nigeria senior team on 17 August 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya. Mikel didn’t play for the national team again prior to being named in the squad for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. He made his FIFA World Cup debut during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, earning a man of the match award in the Super Eagles’ opening game against Iran and helping the team to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 1998.

5. Augustine Azuka Okocha

Commonly known as Jay-Jay Okocha, is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Jay-Jay played 73 times for the Nigeria national team around 1993 and 2006, scoring 14 times, and he was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. Augustine Azuka “Jay-Jay” Okocha was born in Enugu, Enugu State.

His parents reside in Iwo local Government, Osun State, Nigeria. The name Jay-Jay was passed down from his elder brother James, who started playing football first; his immediate elder brother, Emmanuel was also called Emma Jay-Jay, but the name stuck with Okocha instead.Okocha joined Turkish club Fenerbahçe for approximately £1 million following Eintracht Frankfurt’s relegation to the Bundesliga. In his two seasons with the team, he amassed 30 goals in 62 appearances, and many of them coming from direct free kicks, which became something common for him at the club. Okocha is from Anioma, a subgroup of Igbo ethnic derivative. His older brother Emmanuel is also a former footballer who played for the Nigerian national team.

In 1998, French side Paris Saint-Germain spent around £14 million to sign Okocha, which make him the most expensive African footballer as at that time. During his four-year stint with PSG, he played 84 matches and scored 12 goals.

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