Nigeria's biggest European success stories

Nigeria won their fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday and past victors like Nwankwo Kanu and Céléstine Babayaro have gone on to star in UEFA competition as we explain.

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

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: Viktor Ikpeba (Monaco, Borussia Dortmund)
7: Ayegbeni Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa)
6: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva)
5: Brown Aide Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos)
5: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Arsenal)
4: Michael Edirin Obiku (Feyenoord, Anorthosis Famagusta)
3: Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United)
3: Tijani Babangida (Ajax)
3: Ndvbisi Chukunyere (Hibernians)
3: Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moskva, Fenerbahçe)
3: Atanda Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kyiv)

Nigeria's top European scorer, Obafemi Martins
Nigeria's top European scorer, Obafemi Martins©Getty Images

Most appearances by a Nigerian player in UEFA club competition*
81: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Internazionale Milano, Arsenal, Portsmouth)
72: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kyiv, Bursaspor)
63: Obafemi Martins (Internazionale Milano, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante)
62: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea)
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)
48: 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 Edirin Obiku  (Anorthosis Famagusta, Feyenoord, APOEL)
11: Joseph Akpala (Club Brugge, Kardemir Karabükspor)
10: Julius Aghahowa (Shakhtar, Kayserispor)
10: Benedict Akwuegbu (Grazer AK)
9: Kehinde Feyi Fatai (Astra, Sparta Praha)
9: Brown Aide Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos)
9: Peter Utaka (Odense)

Stephen Keshi (top left) ahead of the 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup final
Stephen Keshi (top left) ahead of the 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup final©Getty Images

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

Taribo West and Ronaldo with the trophy after Inter's 1998 UEFA Cup final win
Taribo West and Ronaldo with the trophy after Inter's 1998 UEFA Cup final win©Getty Images

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, European/South American Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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