Finidi George: Ajax honour Nigerian legend who won Champions League for them

Finidi George: Ajax honour Nigerian legend who won Champions League for them

- Finidi George made a tremendous impact at Ajax despite playing just three seasons there

- The winger helped them win the Champions League in 1995 beating AC Milan in the final

- The Dutch League after then immortalised the Nigerian despite spending just three seasons at the club

Super Eagles legend Finidi George is one of the very few Nigerian stars to have won the UEFA Champions League title in the history of the competition.

Kanu Nwankwo and John Obi Mikel are the remaining names that come to mind when talking about the continental championship.

The retired winger won the European title while playing for Dutch League outfit Ajax Amsterdam in 1995 after beating AC Milan with Patrick Kluivert scoring the only goal of the match.

However, the former Nigerian star may not have scored in the final, his contributions in their semifinal clash against Bayern Munich was something everyone at the club would never forget.

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Finidi powered home a thunderous shot that went straight to the roof of the net as Ajax cruised to a 5-2 win in the second leg of their last four stage fixture.

Though the ex-Eagles star spent just three seasons at the club, his impact was felt for a long time and his picture remains on the wall of fame at the Johan Cryuff's Arena.

The 48-year-old came close to winning his second straight UCL title the following season but they lost to Juventus 4-2 on penalties after playing 1-1 during the open game.

He left the Dutch club to start a new challenge in Spain after joining Real Betis in 1996, but he made his mark before leaving the Dutch club.

George won three Eredivisie titles between 1993 and 1996. He also clinched one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and two Johan Cryuff Shields.

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The attacker was part of the Nigerian squad that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations title in Tunisia and also made their World Cup debut the same year.

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At some point, he was rated the best midfielder in the world due to his impact on the field but hanged his boots in 2004 after a career of over two decades.

All through his career, Finidi made 344 appearances across competitions scoring 72 goals and assisting 28 others in the process.

He bagged 19 yellow cards but never saw a single red card all through his trophy-laden career in Europe. earlier reported that Nigerian football star Odion Ighalo finally grabbed his first Manchester United goal in their 5-0 demolition of Belgian League side Club Brugge at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old found the back of the net in the 34th minute from close range after tapping in a Juan Mata's assist to double his side's lead.

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His dream goal came seven minutes after new signing Bruno Fernandes opened scoring for the hosts from the spot.

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