Obafemi Martins, Emmanuel Emenike Among Top 6 Nigerian Scorers in the UEFA Champions League

Obafemi Martins, Emmanuel Emenike Among Top 6 Nigerian Scorers in the UEFA Champions League

Babajide Orevba
February 24, 2023 at 12:20 PM
  • Obafemi Martins is Nigeria’s leading scorer in the prestigious UEFA Champions League
  • During his active days, the former Nigerian international scored ten goals in the competition
  • Victor Osimhen, who netted two Champions League goals during his time at French club Lille, has also scored two for Napoli- taking his tally to four

Nigerians have written their names in the history books of European football and now Victor Osimhen is already becoming a legend in Italian football.

The Napoli striker has just notched in two Champions League goals this season, taking his UCL goals tally in the competition to four, having netted twice for Lille

Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins remains Nigeria’s all-time UCL scorer.

Below are 6 Nigerians with the most goals in European competitions

Obafemi Martins – 10 goals

The former Nigerian international featured for some big clubs in Europe including Inter Milan, Wolfsburg and Rubin Kazan.

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‘Obagoal’ first made a Champions League appearance in 2012 during his time with Inter Milan, scoring a couple of goals for the club, Infoguide Nigeria reports.

Obafemi Martins, Inter Milan, Super Eagles, Nigeria
Obafemi Martins celebrates a goal for Inter Milan. Photo: PACO SERINELLI
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Martins also featured for Wolfsburg and Rubin Kazan in the Champions League, and before he retired, he already netted 10 times.

Julius Aghahowa - 7 goals

“Aghawonder’ scored some of the finest goals for club and country. He was the ‘bride’ of Shakhtar Donetsk.

The former Super Eagles striker scored 51 goals in 150 appearances for the Russian outfit during his first stint between 2000 and 2007.

Julius Aghahowa, Super Eagles, Shakhtar Donetsk, UCK
Julius Aghahowa was a nightmare for defenders during his days at Shakhtar Donetsk. Photo: Alexander Khudoteply
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In the Champions League, Aghahowa netted 7 times to become one of Nigeria’s top scorers in the competition.

However, the former Wigan Athletic striker returned to the Russian club in 2009, had just 19 appearances and one goal before he left in 2011.

Emmanuel Emenike - 7 goals

Emenike is one of the very best strikers having led Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations glory in South Africa under the tutelage of the now-late tactician Stephen Keshi.

Emmanuel Emenike, Super Eagles, UCL, Fenerbahce
Emmanuel Emenike celebrates one of his goals for Fenerbahce. Photo: OZAN KOSE
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The forward starred in the UEFA Champions League for Spartak Moscow, Fenerbahce, and Olympiacos in the Champions League and scored seven goals in total.

Viktor Ikpeba – 7 goals

'The Prince of Monaco'. The 1997 Africa Footballer of the Year award recipient featured for Monaco Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Victor Ikpeba, Monaco, Nigeria, UCL
Victor Ikpeba in action for AS Monaco. Photo: Patrick HERTZOG
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Ikpeba was instrumental to both teams’ campaigns at the competition and wrapped up with a total of seven goals to be among Nigeria’s top scorers at the tournament.

Ayegbeni Yakubu – 7 goals.

‘The Yak’ painted Europe with goals. He had stints in England, Israel and Turkey, and featured in a number of European matches.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Super Eagles, Maccabi Haifa, UCL
Yakubu Aiyegbeni was in top form during his stint at Maccabi Haifa. Photo: Christof Koepsel
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However, during his time with Maccabi Haifa, Yakubu netted a couple of Champions League goals before he departed in 2003.

Ahmed Musa – 6 goals

Nigeria’s most-capped player of all time. Musa was a delight to watch during his time with Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.

Ahmed Musa, Super Eagles, CSKA, UCL
Ahmed Musa celebrates one of his Champions League goals for CSKA Moscow. Photo: ALEXANDER NEMENOV
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During his first stint at the club between 2011 and 2016, Musa scored 2 Champions League goals in six appearances.

Having struggled at English club Leicester City, the Nigerian international returned to CSKA Moscow on loan in the 2017-2018 season.

Musa also featured for Leicester City in the competition and has a total of 6 goals.

George Weah among Africa's best players

Sports Brief earlier reported that the African continent has produced some of the finest players in world football from time immemorial, with more and more superstars continuing to emerge.

The current president of Liberia is the only player from Africa who received the prestigious Ballon d’Or following his exploits in Italy during his playing days.

Cameroon legend, Roger Milla still holds the record of being the oldest footballer to score a goal in the FIFA World Cup, having scored at the age of 42 years and 39 days.

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