- Yakubu Aiyegbeni is the only African player to have scored hat-trick in Champions League debut
- Aiyegbeni recorded this success in 2002 when he netted against Olympiacos at the age of 19
- His goals for Maccabi Haifa earned him a loan move to English club Portsmouth then
The dream and joy of every player playing the game of football anywhere in the world is to play in the UEFA Champions League and possibly win the title.
Champions League tournament is arguably the most watched competition in the world considering the level of rivalry among clubs.
Some players have won the Champions League many times for their clubs, while some have never lifted the title since they started their football careers.
Despite winning 33 trophies in his football career, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never won the Champions League title.
There are many African players like Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba, Mikel Obi who have won the Champions League title for their clubs.
And there is one man named Yakubu Aiyegbeni who never won the Champions League title also in his career, but has the record no African player has broken till date.
Yakubu is the only African Player to score a UEFA Champions League hat trick on his debut at age 19 for Maccabi Haifa against Olympiacos in 2002.
He appeared in over 250 Premier League matches for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers and is the second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.
Yakubu last played for Coventry City last two years before announcing his retirement from football on 22 November 2017.
Previously, Legit.ng had reported how former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni announced his retirement from professional football on his 35th birthday following a 20-year career.
The former Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Everton forward last turned out for League One side Coventry City before he hanged his boots.
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