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Former Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni announce his retirement on his 35th birthday

Yakubu has announced his retirement from football on his 35th birthday after a career spanning 20 years.

The Nigerian, who has halted his career four goals short of 100, last featured on the professional stage for then League One side Coventry in February.

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.

Coventry were consigned into the fourth level of English football not long after, while Yakubu has since been a free specialist.

I might want to formally declare my retirement from proficient football today,’ Yakubu revealed to Sky Sports.

The previous Everton forward showed up – 82 for the Toffees, 73 for Middlesbrough and 67 for Portsmouth – with last playing for Blackburn in 2012.

Yakubu first declared himself onto the European stage amid his Champions League make a big appearance where he got a cap trap against Olympiacos.

At 22, he got the consideration of English football when he scored in a 3-0 prevail upon Manchester United, before securing a January move to Portsmouth.


Age: 35

Goals: 173

Appearances: 449

Highlights: UEFA Cup final 2005-06 (Middlesbrough)

Highest Goal Tally: 21 (Everton, 2007-08)

English Clubs: Portsmouth (2003-05); Middlesbrough (2005-07); Everton (2007-11); Leicester (2011); Blackburn (2011-12); Reading (2015-16); Coventry (2017)

Other Clubs: Guangzhou R&F (2012-2013); Al-Rayyan Sports Club (2013-14); Kayserispor (2015-16)


The previous striker got a profession high of 21 goals in 2007-08 for Everton, and additionally pushing Middlesbrough to the UEFA Cup last in 2006.

In a Tweet, the Nigerian Football Federation composed: ‘The Yak… is third best unsurpassed scorer of the senior national group. Thank you for the memories.’

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