Nigeria's most successful UEFA players

Published on: 21 October 2019

Most appearances by a Nigerian player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying) 60: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Arsenal) 59: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) 36: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Wolfsburg, Rubin) 35: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kyiv) 29: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva, Leicester) 28: Efe Ambrose (Celtic) 26: Julius Aghahowa (Shakhtar Donetsk) 26: Atanda Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kyiv) 25: Chidi Odiah (Sheriff, CSKA Moskva) 21: Céléstine Babayaro (Anderlecht, Chelsea) 21: Viktor Ikpeba (Monaco, Borussia Dortmund)

Top-scoring Nigerians in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying) 10: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Wolfsburg, Rubin) 7: Julius Aghahowa  (Shakhtar Donetsk) 7: Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moskva, Fenerbahçe, Olympiacos) 7: Viktor Ikpeba (Monaco, Borussia Dortmund) 7: Ayegbeni Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa) 6: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva, Leicester) 5: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos) 5: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Arsenal) 4: Emmanuel Bonaventure (Club Brugge) 4: Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Beer-Sheva) 4: Michael Obiku (Feyenoord, Anorthosis Famagusta)

Most appearances by a Nigerian player in UEFA club competition* 81: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Internazionale Milano, Arsenal, Portsmouth) 78: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kyiv, Bursaspor, HJK Helsinki, RoPS Rovaniemi) 70: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, Trabzonspor) 63: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante) 53: Céléstine Babayaro (Anderlecht, Chelsea, Newcastle United) 52: Jay-Jay Okocha (Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers) 51: Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) 51: Atanda Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kyiv, Metalist Kharkiv) 50: Finidi George (Ajax, Real Betis, Ipswich Town, RCD Mallorca) 50: Vincent Enyeama (Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, LOSC)

Top-scoring Nigerians in UEFA club competition* 23: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Newcastle United, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante) 15: Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) 15: Viktor Ikpeba (RFC Liège, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund) 13: Jay-Jay Okocha (Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers) 13: Ayegbeni Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa, Middlesbrough, Everton) 12: Michael Obiku  (Anorthosis Famagusta, Feyenoord, APOEL) 11: Joseph Akpala (Club Brugge, Kardemir Karabükspor) 10: Julius Aghahowa (Shakhtar, Kayserispor) 10: Benedict Akwuegbu (Grazer AK) 10: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos) 10: Kehinde Fatai (Astra, Sparta Praha, Dinamo Minsk, Ufa) 10: Paul Onuachu (Midtjylland, Genk)

First Nigerian player to play in a major UEFA club competition final Stephen Keshi (Sampdoria 2-0 Anderlecht, 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup)

First Nigerians to win a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final Finidi George & Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax 1-0 AC Milan, 1995)

Last Nigerian to win a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final Jon Obi Mikel (Bayern München 1-1 Chelsea, aet, Chelsea win 4-3 on pens, 2012)

Nigerians who have won a UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League final Taribo West (Lazio 0-3 Internazionale Milano, 1998) Chidi Odiah (Sporting CP 1-3 CSKA Moskva, 2005)

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