Former Super Eagles Player, Yakubu Ayebeni also known as “The Yak” is today celebrating his 36th birthday.
Yakubu was born in Benin City, Edo State. He started his career with Julius Berger in Lagos as a teenager in the Nigerian Premier League. He was later loaned to Portuguese club Gil Vicente.
Yakubu married Yvonne Lameen Ikhana, the daughter of former Nigerian international footballer Kadiri Ikhana, who is also the father-in-law to former Nigerian international footballer Patrick Ovie. Yakubu and Ikhana have 2 daughters named Kayla and Katriel.
He was the first African footballer to score a UEFA Champions League hat trick. He is the highest Nigerian goalscorer in the EPL (95 goals). He has the most PL hat tricks by an African player (4). He is the 2nd player to scored 4 goals in a single PL match twice for 2 teams. He has the highest number of hat-trick by an African player in the EPL, he even became the second player in English premier league history to score 4 goals in a match twice even in different, he also became the most consistence scorer for 4 season scoring 20 goals or more each season.
Happy Birthday The Yak.