When a Nigerian player achieves a particular degree of celebrity, he automatically becomes the center of attention for the rest of the country. Previous generation players such as Emmanuel Amunike, Segun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Uche Okechukwu, Taribo West, Muda Lawal, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Finidi George, and others were role models for the next generation of players.
And then there was Rashidi Yekini, who was another. The former Africa Sports, Olympiacos, FC Zürich, Bizerte, and Al-Shabab striker has influenced an entire generation of young footballers, and we continue to see players refer to the former Super Eagles great as their inspiration to this day.
A number of players, too, have been branded as the next Yekini, and while many of them failed, some of them went on to have rather successful careers - and here are four of them to inspire you to do the same.
4. Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo may have arrived late in the game, but he has always been a productive player for both club and country. In the aftermath of his goal returns, he was compared to the former Vitoria Setubal forward.
He was the leading scorer at the most recent Africa Cup of Nations, which was held in Egypt, and Nigeria finished third overall.
3. Taiwo Awoniyi
"Yekini was a huge, huge player for Nigeria, scoring a slew of goals in the process, and he is still adored and remembered to this day. In Nigeria, there is a commemorative day dedicated to the memory of those who have died."
Such is Awoniyi's passion for the legendary Super Eagles player, and to be fair to him, he is serving as a reminder of those traits at Union Berlin.
2. Victor Osimhen
Napoli's Osimhen has been wowing the Italian Serie A audience with his tenacious efforts every week, and many believe he is the closest thing the league could possibly have to Yekini in terms of fighting ability.
His running, energy, and finishing abilities distinguish him as someone who has the potential to follow in the footsteps of the Goal King in the future.
1. Yakubu Aiyegbeni
In fact, Aiyegbeni is perhaps the only person who has gone from being hailed as the next Yekini to being hailed as almost as good or better than him. When it comes to being branded the next Yekini, and perhaps even coming close to outdoing the legendary Nigerian magician, the ex-Julius Berger striker has to be at the top of the list.
Nigeria qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a result of his brilliance as one of the Premier League's top strikers at the height of his powers.
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