Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from football and tributes have been pouring in for Nigeria’s third all-time leading goalscorer.
The former Portsmouth and Everton star boasts of 21 goals from 57 international games for Nigeria and featured in the 2010 Fifa World Cup – where he notably missed an open goal from three metres against South Korea.
Here, Goal looks at the mixed reaction Aiyegbeni’s announcement received on Twitter…
Aiyegbeni retires! Nigeria's third all-time topscorer (21goals) and the second highest African goalscorer in the Premier League (96goals) after Drogba (104goals) #FarewellTheYak pic.twitter.com/YFXZzIHHK1 — ÀYANFE (@tayo_taiwo) November 22, 2017
Nigeria hasn't had a better striker in the 21st century than Yakubu Aiyegbeni. He was such a joy to watch in the Premier League with his consistent knack for goals. Happy 35th birthday and retirement. #FarewellTheYak — Olakunle FAYIGA (@k_ef4real) November 22, 2017
Aiyegbeni retires! Nigeria's third all-time topscorer (21goals) and the second highest African goalscorer in the Premier League (96goals) after Drogba (104goals) #FarewellTheYak — Chris Enerho (@Chris_enerho) November 22, 2017
What a cool way to end a career that sent chivers down the spines of EPL defenders...among others.
Happy 35th Birthday & #FarewellTheYak 😊 pic.twitter.com/SF5VER8reV — Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism) November 22, 2017
Years from now, we won't remember this disrespected, battered, Yakubu Aiyegbeni. We will remember one of the greatest @NGSuperEagles strikers of all-time. Sit back, relax & enjoy all that you have built. Happy birthday & retirement Yak. Take a bow #FarewellTheYak pic.twitter.com/R77Ns5QYQD— 'Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) November 22, 2017
What a great legend and a good time to rest the boot. We will always remember the good memories and the great exploits. #FarewellTheYak pic.twitter.com/z8g0o5JEDj — Oluseye Petphil (@petphil001) November 22, 2017
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