Nigerian footballers have made a significant impact in Serie A, leaving a lasting impression on Italian football. Here are the three best Nigerian footballers who have graced the Italian Serie A:
Obafemi Martins: (Reggiana 2001, Inter 2001-2006)
Obafemi Martins burst onto the scene with his lightning-fast acceleration and pace. After catching the eye of Inter Milan scouts during his time at Reggiana, he joined the Nerazzurri in 2001. Martins quickly became a first-team regular, forming a formidable partnership with Adriano. His sheer speed and goal-scoring ability saw him score 49 goals in 137 games in Italy. While he currently plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, his time in Serie A remains unforgettable.
Nwankwo Kanu: (Inter Milan 1996-1999)
Nwankwo Kanu arrived in Italy as a highly regarded youngster following his success at Ajax, including winning the Champions League. Kanu joined Inter Milan in 1996 and became one of the most successful African players of all time. Despite his time at Inter being cut short due to a heart defect, he overcame adversity and went on to achieve tremendous success with Arsenal. Kanu's impressive honors include UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup medals, FA Cup winners' medals, African Player of the Year awards, a Premier League title, and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Taribo West: (Inter 1997-1999, Milan 1999-2000)
Taribo West, a defender, showcased his skills at both Inter Milan and AC Milan. His most successful stint was with Inter Milan, where he played a vital role in the team's UEFA Cup victory in 1998. Known as "the rock" in the heart of Inter's defense, West's unassuming style and unique hairstyles made him stand out. However, clashes with the coach led to his departure from Inter. He then joined AC Milan but had limited appearances before moving to England in 2000. Despite a nomadic career, West's contributions in Serie A will always be remembered.
These three Nigerian footballers have left an indelible mark on Italian football, showcasing their talent and skill in Serie A. Their achievements and impact on their respective clubs will forever be remembered as they continue to inspire the next generation of Nigerian footballers.
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