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Meet the First Nigerian Professional footballer to play for Chelsea F. C.

Meet Celestine Hyceith Babayaro the former Nigerian footballer that is the first Nigerian to play for Chelsea football club.

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Celestine Babayaro was born on 29 August 1978 in Kaduna, Northern part of Nigeria. He began his football career as a 16 years old teenager at Plateau United before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht 1994, where he played for three years. At Anderlecht Babayaro set record as the youngest player to make appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions league, aged 16 years and 86 days. He was sent off in a match between Steaua Bucuresti and Anderlecht.

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Babayaro signed for Chelsea in April 1997 in a deal worth £2.25 million, he made his debut for the blues in the UEFA Cup winner's against Slovan Bratislava, although, he got injured in December that same year which ruled him out for the rest of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

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However, with Chelsea he went on to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and Charity Shield in 2000. Over his seven years spell at Chelsea he made over 200 appearances and scored five goals for the London Club before he left them to join Newcastle in January 2005 where he spent three years, he also left Newcastle to join LA Galaxy but never made any appearance for the MLS side.

Babayaro is also part of the victorious Nigerian team at the Under 17 World Championships in Japan 1993. He made his senior team debut in 1995 against Uzbekistan.

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Celestine Babayaro officially announced his retirement from football on 18 July 2010.

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