Everton fans react to Yakubu's retirement

Everton fans react to Yakubu's retirement

Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement on his 35th birthday after two decades of playing football.

He averaged almost a goal every other game at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester and Blackburn before joining Chinese club Guangzhou. He made about 57 appearances for the national team scoring 21 goals in the bargain.

Arsenal's French defender William Gallas (L) and Everton's Nigerian forward Yakubu battle for the ball during their English Premiership football match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, north-.

Yakubu, popularly known as "The Yak", declared his retirement from professional football on Wednesday at the age of 35.

Yakubu played for Everton between 2007 and 2011 and made more appearances for the Toffees than for any other club during his career as he scored 33 goals in 107 games.

"My honest appreciate to the Nigeria Football Federation, my wonderful family and friends".

"Also playing in England especially helped me grow as a player and as a person so much that I am now settled here".

Yakubu represented his country at four Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 World Cup.

The former Super Eagles striker is Africa's third-highest goal scorer in Premier League history, only behind Didier Drogba, with 104 goals, and Emmanuel Adebayor, with 97.