Ex-Nigerian, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough & Everton player Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from football on his 35th birthday, but it seems Nigerians have not forgiving him yet on his goal miss at the world cup in a match against South Korea in the 2010 FIFA World Cup .
Following his retirement on Wednesday, thousands of Nigerians went on social media to comment on his retirement and many of their comments were harsh as some believed his career was over when he missed the goal.
Here are some of the tweets: https://twitter.com/BoniqqUmoh/status/933415865025990657
Happy 35th birthday and happy retirement to Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Please go and appease your village people, coz this ? was their hand work ?#Ukapisua
— Benny Jackson (@bennyjackyjay) November 22, 2017
— Ak News Desk (@aknewsdesk) November 22, 2017
Nobody in Naija that saw our world cup match against korea can forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni for missing this empty post chance. https://t.co/9mu1Yog7jV
— Folajimi Bada (@IranlowoB) November 22, 2017
And in case you missed the match then, here is the highlight.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni as you retire on your 35th birthday, you will never be forgotten. We love you now despite the fact that we hated you then ???pic.twitter.com/wpgNU8l5XT
— I do the do (@hotmindset) November 22, 2017
Yakubu Aiyegbeni played for 14 different clubs which include, Julius Berger Gil Vicente Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Kfar Saba Portsmouth Middlesbrough Everton Leicester City Blackburn Rovers Guangzhou R&F Al-Rayyan Reading Kayserispor Coventry City.
While playing for Nigeria, The Yak as he was fondly called recorded a total number of 21 goals and he is 3rd best all time scorer of the senior national team.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni was the first African to score a UEFA Champions League hat trick. He is the highest Nigerian goalscorer in the Premier League (95 goals). He has the most PL hat tricks for an African player (4). He’s one of 2 players to score four goals in a single PL match.