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Yakubu Aiyegbeni (born 22 November 1982 in Benin City, Nigeria), nicknamed “The Yak” and often known as simply Yakubu,is a Nigerian footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Everton in the English Premier League.

Prior to 2007/08 season, Yakubu was the second highest scorer over the past few seasons that he had played in the Premier League, trailing only Thierry Henry. He is also the highest scoring African player in Premier League history.

A powerful striker, Yakubu started his career when bought by Israeli team Maccabi Haifa, who loaned him for one season to Hapoel Kfar Saba. After returning to Haifa, he won two championships and had a phenomenal scoring record with the club, both in the domestic and international competitions – breaking several club records. He came to England and trained with Derby County but could not obtain a work permit at the time. After scoring 7 goals in 8 European Cup appearances (including a hat-trick against Olympiacos FC and another against Manchester United) in the 2002/03 season UEFA Champions League, Yakubu moved to English club Portsmouth in January 2003. Wikipedia