Super Eagles Star Aribo Ranked No.1 Footballer After Playing More Matches and Minutes Than Anyone in the World

Super Eagles Star Aribo Ranked No.1 Footballer After Playing More Matches and Minutes Than Anyone in the World

Nomso Obiajuru
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:04 PM
  • Rangers and Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo played more games and minutes than anyone in the world
  • Aribo's relentless exploits for both club and country have seen the midfielder named world football iron man
  • The 25-year-old is now attracting interest from several Premier League clubs ahead of next season

No footballer in the world played more matches and minutes in the world last season than Super Eagles and Rangers star Joe Aribo.

The 25-year-old midfielder has been a regular starter for both club and country and was even deployed as a false 9 in the Europa League final where he found the back of the net.

Super Eagles star Joe Aribo celebrates his goal with fans in UEL final
Joe Aribo celebrates his goal in UEL final. Photo by Marcio Machado
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And according to Transfermarkt, Aribo has played more games and minutes than any other player in the world as he approaches appearance number 70.

The Nigerian tops the list with 69 games and 5481 minutes ahead of Guatemalan footballer Stheven Robles who has featured in 69 games and 5382 minutes. Liverpool star Luis Diaz comes in third with 69 games and 5184 minutes.

Aribo registered nine goals and 10 assists last season for Rangers

At his club, Aribo played in 57 matches for Rangers last season, scoring nine goals and providing 10 assists in the process.

Eight of those goals came in the Scottish league while his solitary goal in Europe last season came in the Europa League final as cited in The Sun

Although his goal was not enough for Rangers to win the Europa League as they lost 5-4 to Frankfurt on penalties.

Aribo however ended the season with a Scottish Cup winners medal after a 2-0 victory over Hearts in the final.

Meanwhile, at the international level, Joe Aribo has featured in all three games under new Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro.

The left-footed midfielder played in the two friendly games against Mexico & Ecuador and most recently he was on from start to finish in Nigeria's 2-1 victory over Sierra Leone in AFCON Qualifier on June 9th.

Aribo is also in line to feature for Nigeria tomorrow when they take on Sao Tome and Principe in Morocco.

Super Eagles players given a rousing welcome after win against Sierra Leone

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Joe Aribo and other Super Eagles players were given a rousing welcome by the staff of the team’s hotel after they showed discipline to earn a win against Sierra Leone in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Jose Peseiro earned his first win as Nigeria coach after goals from Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen helped the Super Eagles battle from a goal down to defeat the Leone Stars in Abuja.

The players were greeted with loud cheers from the staff of the team’s hotel, who made a guard of honour as they welcomed the team after the game.

The victory against Sierra Leone ended the Super Eagles’ run of 5 games without a win after also failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Nigeria will next travel to Morocco for their 2023 AFCON qualifiers second game against Sao Tome and Principe, who were recently reinstated into the competition following the disqualification of Mauritius.

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Nomso Obiajuru
Team Lead- Football