Former Portsmouth and Everton forward Yakubu retires

Ex-Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from football

Former Everton and Portsmouth striker Yakubu retires on his 35th birthday

Ex-Super Eagles star, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from professional soccer on his 35th birthday.

The Yak as he was popularly known confirmed the decision on Wednesday thus drawing the curtain on a 20-year career that saw him play for a record 14 clubs including loan deals.

Ex-Premier League striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has seen his comeback at Coventry City cut short after playing just 69 minutes for the Sky Blues.

Aiyebgbeni have capped for the Nigerian national team 44 times, scoring 15 goals. He is now the third highest ever worldwide goalscorer for Nigeria.

Yakubu has scored 21 goals in his 57 appearances for Nigeria since his 2000 debut.

The Nigerian began his career at Nigeria's Bridge Football Club, before playing for Gil Vicente, Maccabi Haifa, and Hapoel Kfar Saba. The managers, all club staff, owners, fellow players and my dearest family and friends who immensely supported me throughout my career. "I feel the time is right for me to now focus on the next chapter in my life".

Full name Yakubu Aiyegbeni, he made only three appearances for Coventry and was left out of their squad for the remainder of last season before his contract was terminated.

Reacting to Aiyegbeni's retirement, Everton also sent birthday greetings to the former Nigerian worldwide.

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