Yakubu Aiyegbeni announces retirement from football at age 35
The YAK retires from football at age 35
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
Aiyegbeni, who moved to English Premier League from Maccabi Haifa in January 2003, had 367 appearances for 7 clubs (Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester, Blackburn Rovers, Reading and Coventry) scoring 141 goals in the process.
The 35-year-old will be remembered for his notable miss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa where he missed an open goal from three metres against South Korea in the last Group game but later went on to score a penalty. Yakubu’s penalty made sure that Nigeria earned a 2–2 draw, but this was not enough for his side to progress out of the group stages.
He is the third highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals behind Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor. He is the third highest scorer in the history of the Nigeria national football team, and represented them at four African Cup of Nations finals, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the football at the 2000 Summer Olympics.