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Top 16 Nigerian Goalkeepers To Play European Football, See How They Are Ranked

Many goalkeepers have played in the Nigerian League since its inception, but just few have played professionally in Europe in the same period, with varying degrees of success.

Here we take a look at the fifteen Nigerian goalkeepers who have done well in Europe.

1. Peter Rufai

A Nigerian football legend, Peter Rufai, also known by his nickname "Dodo mayana", spent twenty years of his life playing professional football.

Along the way, Rufai played club football in Belgium, Netherland, Portugal and Spain.

A native of Lagos, he represented the Super Eagles of Nigeria in two World Cups.

2. Alloy Agu

Agu is currently the goalkeeper trainer of the national team. His best years were spent with Turkish outfit Kayserispor.

Between 2002 and 2006, Agu played over 70 league games for the modest Turkish club.

3. Wilfred Agbonavbare

Wilfred Agbonavbare's prominence started when he joined Spanish club Rayo Vallecano in 1990.

The former BCC Lion of Gboko shot-stopper, also backstopped the Super Eagles to glory at the 1994 AFCON - understudying Peter Rufai at the tournament.

4. Ike Ibrahim Shorunmu

A Super Eagles icon, Ike Ibrahim Shorunmu would go down as one of the best goalkeeper to emerged from Nigeria.

At club level, Shorunmu is well respected as a consistent and phenomenal goalkeeper. He spent most of his European career playing in Turkey and Switzerland.

5. Abiodun Baruwa

To a huge section of Nigerian fans, Abiodun Baruwa would be remembered for one thing; his shambolic performance for the Super Eagles enroute the 1998 World Cup.

Meanwhile, to an average supporter of Sturm Graz in Austria, he would continued to be an all-time legend.

6. Egbo Ndubuisi

Born in Aba, Ndubuisi became a symbolic figure in Albania, helping his club Tirana FK to lift two Super Liga tittles.

7. Murphy Akanji

Murphy Akanji will forever be remembered as one the finest goalkeeper ever to play in the Maltese league.

The former Slima Wanderers goalkeeper is one of those players who seems to be better for his club than his country.

8. Vincent Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama was inspirational during the 2013 AFCON win. The former Lille goalkeeper was an extraordinary goalkeeper who can also score goals - with 20 goals in 430 matches at club level.

He also holds the distinction of being the only Nigerian goalkeeper to boast three World Cup appearances.

9. Austin Ejide

Austin Ejide's selling point was his huge body frame, the former SC Bastia and Hapoel Be'er Sheva goalkeeper have few conteders in that area.

The veteran Nigerian is like one of those wine, as time has passed, he has improved his skills and after looking somewhat erratic at times during his early playing days.

10. Dele Aiyenugba

The 37-year-old was a firm favorite among fans in Israeli football. His performances for Bnei Yehuda enhanced his reputation as one of the best in the country.

Aiyenugba was particularly famous for his penalty saving abilities.

11. Carl Ikeme

The Sutton-born goalkeeper left an incredible marks on Nigerian football.

His superlative performance for Wolves and the national team of Nigeria, means he has earned a place in the heart of many football lovers.

Other Names...

12. Dele Alampasu

13. Francis Uzoho

14. Maduka Okoye

15. Sebastian Osigwe

16. Matthew Yakubu

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