Celestine Babayaro

Nigeria 2017

Celestine Babayaro started his career with Anderlecht and still is the youngest ever player to have played Champions League football at just 16 years and 87 days. Whilst in Belgium he would win the league title and Belgian Supercup. He would join Ruud Gullit’s Chelsea still a teenager, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup whilst at Stamford Bridge. A quick, athletic and skilful left back, he would move to Newcastle in 2005 firmly establishing himself as first choice left back. He won Olympic gold with Nigeria at just 18 years old, scoring in the final and became known for his attacking qualities. He played at the World Cup in 1998 and 2002, and was captain for his country at the 2000 Olympics.

Full name: Celestine Hycieth Babayaro
Born: 29/08/1978, Kaduna, Nigeria
Clubs: Anderlecht (1994-1997), Chelsea (1997-2005), Newcastle United (2005-2008), LA Galaxy (2008)
International: 27 apps (1995-2004)
Position: Defender

Honours:

·         Belgian First Division (1): 1994–95
·         Belgian Supercup (1): 1995
·         UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1997–98
·         UEFA Super Cup (1): 1998
·         FA Cup (1): 1999–2000
·         FIFA U-17 World Cup (1): 1993
·         Olympic Gold (1): 1996
·         Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year (2): 1994-95, 1995-96