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Yakubu Aiyegbeni retires from football at 35

Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced that he is retiring from professional football at the age of 35. Aiyegbeni had been a free agent after being released by Coventry City earlier this year but after not signing for a new club, the forward has decided to end his playing days.

After first moving to English football in January 2003 from Israel where he played for Maccabi Haifa, Aiyegbeni went on to enjoy a fine career with teams competing in the Premier League and Football League, with 367 appearances being made in all competitions.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Aiyegbeni represented PortsmouthMiddlesbroughEvertonLeicester CityBlackburn RoversReading and Coventry, with a combined total of 141 goals being scored at those seven clubs. He also moved to China where he played for Guangzhou R&F.
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.