Tijani Babangida: AC Milan Star Confirms Super Eagles Legend Inspired His Name, Video

Tijani Babangida: AC Milan Star Confirms Super Eagles Legend Inspired His Name, Video

Raphael Abiola
updated at March 25, 2024 at 7:03 AM
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  • Tijani Babangida is rated as one of the best players in the legendary Super Eagles squad
  • An AC Milan midfielder has come out to confirm being named after the Nigerian legend
  • The former Super Eagles star had a good time with Ajax during his heydays in the 90s

AC Milan and Netherlands midfielder, Tijjani Reijnders, has confirmed that he was named after Super Eagles legend, Tijani Babangida.

The Dutch international also shed more light on the connection between his name and that of the former Nigerian international.

The AC Milan star scored his first international goal for Die Oranje in their 4-0 win over Scotland in a friendly a few days ago.

Tijani Babangida has his first name, being named after AC Milan star, Tijjani Reijnders. Photo: Gerry Penny/Claudio Villa.
Tijani Babangida was the inspiration for the naming of AC Milan star, Tijjani Reijnders. Photo: Gerry Penny/Claudio Villa.
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In a viral video shared on social media, the Dutch midfielder explained that his parents named him after Babangida due to their love for the former Super Eagles star during his time with Ajax in the late 1990s.

The former AZ Alkmaar star claimed his parents liked the Nigerian legendary winger's first name.

"There is a football player from Ajax, his name is Tijani Babangida, and my parents liked his first name," Reijnders explained.

The explanation from the Milan midfielder stirred up some mixed reactions from Nigerians on social media.

@Orguy said:

"Oh wow! Solid stuff. Legacy things."

@dakdutch said:

"Football fans be doing too much. Reminds me of one Singaporean guy named Solskjaer."

@Tommyskizy said:

"We Don dey motivate and inspire no be today... Naija no dey Carry last."

@Lord_Rafosky4 said:

"Hmmm I was wondering about this yesterday watching the Netherlands vs Scotland friendly so I needn't wonder anymore then lol interesting."

@Lasgiddy8 said:

"Every time I pronounced his name. I’m always like “this is a yoruba name now”"

@Luctorrr said:

"I used to say that Tijani sounded Nigerian. Was still telling my brother about it while we were checking their line up against Scotland."

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.