Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni announces retirement from professional football at age of 35

After first moving to English football in January 2003, Aiyegbeni went on to enjoy a fine career with teams competing in the Premier League and Football League, making 367 appearances in all competitions.


Aiyegbeni represented Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers , Reading and Coventry, with a combined total of 141 goals being scored at those seven clubs.

The decision to retire has been made by Aiyegbeni on his 35th birthday, 20 years on from when he turned professional with Nigerian side Julius Berger.

Aiyegbeni also netted 21 goals from 57 appearances for Nigeria.

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