Yakubu Ayegbeni Biography, Career, Net Worth and Clubs

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Yakubu Ayegbeni Biography, Career, Net Worth.

Yakubu Ayegbeni Biography, Career, Net Worth…Yakubu Ayegbeni, popularly known by his football name as Yakubu and his nickname The Yak, is a Nigerian international professional footballer. He is well known as one of Nigerian most successful striker.

Yakubu Ayegbeni Biography, Career, Net Worth

Early life

Yakubu Ayegbeni was born on the 22nd November, 2018 in Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.


Yakubu Ayegbeni started his football career early, he first trained with Julius Berger in Lagos when he was a teenager. After playing for sometimes with Julius Berger FC, he was loaned to a Portuguese football club by the name Gil Vicente.

Career with Maccabi Haifa

Due to his excellent performance while he was with Julius Berger FC, an Isreali side called Maccabi Haifa paid his former club a huge sum of $300,000 just to sign him. Yakubu did very well with the club, it is even said that his highest scoring season with the club was around 2001-2002. That season, he played 22 matches and scored 13 times!

After he had played for some time at Maccabi Haifa, Yak travelled to England where he trained with Derby County although he was refused a work permit at the time. He appeared on eight European cups in 2002- 2003 and scored seven goals including a hat-trick.

Career with Portsmouth

On the 6th January, 2003, Harry RedKnapp sign Yakubu to Portsmouth first division English club, he was signed to this club on loan. He continued with his excellence performance and help Portsmouth to win the First Division title of 2002-2003. He scored 7 goals in 14 matches. He played excellently for the team till 2005 before he left the club for Middleborough.

Career with Middleborough

Yakubu was transferred to Middleborough from Portsmouth in July 2005 for a fee of £7.5 million which at that time was the highest amount for any Nigerian player. The Steven’s inquiry of June 2007 reveals that his agents namely Pinhas Zahavi and Barry Silkman, however, failed to cooperate to fast-tract his transfer.

Yakubu played a game in in the first leg of the UEFA Cup last 16 competition where he scored a penalty in their 1-0 win over Roma. His team, courtesy of the away goals rule proceeded to the final where the eventually lost to Sevilla who defeated them by 4-0.

Career with Everton

In august 2007, Yakubu Ayegbeni moved from Middleborough to Merseyside team Everton for another mouth-watering amount of £11.25 million which also at that was the highest fee the club has ever played for the services of any player. He was to stay at the club for five years. He was to be given the popular number 9 shirt which was traditionally a center forwards number but rejected and instead selected the number 22 shirt saying it was going to be his goal target for the season. He made his first appearance against fellow English side Bolton Wanderers where he scored 11minutes into the game giving them their victory at the home teams stadium; Reebok stadium. Yakubu scored his first hat trick against fulham in a 3-0 win in December 2007. At the end of the season, he scored a total of 21 goals, one less than his initial target.

Yakubu had to leave England for Ghana for international duty with the super eagles in 2008 because of the African cup of nations. Nigeria eventually lost thus making him to return to Everton. However, manager; David Moyes dropped and benched him. On the last game of the 2007-2008 season his return he scored twice in their 3-1 win over fellow Merseyside team Newcastle United at their home Goodison Park. Yakubu scored fifteen times and twenty-one times in all competitions that season for Everton. He also became the first player after Peter Beardsley to score twenty goals in as season. Everton finished the season fifth position and eventually clinch a spot in UEFA Cup completion now called UEFA champions league.

In the next season; 2008-2009, Yakubu netted his 100th goal in English top flight league when he scored a goal against west Bromwich Albion. In the UEFA Cup against Standard Liege, he scored a goal and also scored against his former employees Middleborough which was his first goal in ten games. His remarkable form was halted when he got injured in the game against Tottenham hotspurs on the 30th of November; a game they won 1-0. This injury, Achilles tendon saw him stay out throughout the remainder of the season.

After recovering from his injury, he played his first game against Burnley Reserves. He made his official return to first team football and got off on a quick start when he scored 11minutes into the game against Hull City in the league cup now called FA Cup. Yak as he is also called, replaced teammate Jô and scored the leveler with his first touch of the ball. He scored the goal that got his team the win against fellow English side Stoke City.

Career with Leicester City

Yakubu left Everton on loan to English side Leicester City 2011 with the option to be bought permanently. He was to stay there till the end of that current season, which was to be on the 13th of January, 2011. He made his first appearance for Leicester city on the 15th of January against Preston North End where he eventually scored in the draw. He kept his goal scoring form on when he scored in the next game against Mill wall on the 22nd of January.

He scored an acrobatic goal against rivals Derby County in their 2-0 win on the 12th of February. He played against his former side, Middleborough and scored a hat trick. He went on to score a brace against Watford in their 4-2 win.

Career with Blackburn Rovers

Yakubu left Leicester City and signed with Blackburn Rovers keeping him at the club for three seasons. He was signed by the then manager Steve Kean. He was given the number 24 shirt. He made his first appearance when he scored his first two goals against North London giants Arsenal a game they won 4-3. Due to them winning their first game of the season he was voted the man of the match and this made the fans to chant ‘Feed the Yak and he will score’. He netted his third goal against Norwich City in their 3-3 draw. He bagged his fourth and fifth against Wigan Athletic on the 19th of November 2011.

Yakubu scored his first four goals in a long time against Swansea City, last time he scored was when he played for Portsmouth. Yakubu netted 18times for Blackburn but his goals were not good enough to keep them as they were relegated.

Yakubu has been in many clubs, here are the lists of the clubs he played for and the duration:

  1. Guangzhou R&F: 28th June-2nd February
  2. Reading:  2nd February- 21st May 2015
  3. Kayserispor: 31st August 2015
  4. Coventry City: 13th February 2017

International career

Apart from being successful in club football, Yakubu has also succeeded in the colors of the National team. It was not until 2000 that he played his first game for the Super eagles of Nigeria, the debut he made at the 2000 summer Olympic game in Australia. Two years later he featured for Nigeria in the Africa cup of nations; this was where he made his full international debut. He scored his first international goal against Namibia on the 16th of June.

One of the most talked about downfalls of his international career was the goal he missed against South Korea in the 2010 FIFA world cup.

After an illustrious career, Yakubu decided to hang his boots after making fifty-seven appearances and scoring twenty-one goals. The player is arguably the third highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles as at last update information I received.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s Net Worth:

Yakubu is worth about $14.5million.

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