The All-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian national teams will be revealed later on in this post. Nigeria’s national team is among the best teams in Africa, they are a three-time AFCON winner. In the history of the national team, different players have been on the scoreboard for them. Over the years some the player who scores for Nigeria has become the team’s all-time highest goal scorers and have been acknowledged for the achievements.
The top ten all-time highest goal scorers in the history of Nigeria national team will be listed below. The subsequent players are the all-time highest goal scorers of the Nigerian national team.
10. Jay-Jay Okocha – 14 goals.
Jay Jay Okocha is a retired Nigerian attacking midfielder. He is among the Legends of Nigeria. Okocha is the tenth all-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian national team. He earned 73 caps for Nigeria from 1993 – 2006. His goal scoring ratio for the national team is 0.19 which is among the lowest on the list. Despite his playmaking and dribbling abilities, he was only short of scoring goals.
9. Asuquo Ekpe – 14 goals.
Asuquo Ekpe was a Nigerian professional footballer. He was the first Nigeria to score in an African Cup Of Nations, he did so in 1963 against the United Arab Republic now Egypt. Ekpe is Nigeria’s ninth all-time highest goal scorer, he earned just 28 caps for Nigeria from 1956 – 1963. Asuquo Ekpe’s goal scoring ratio is 0.5, the second-best on the list.
8. Julius Aghahowa – 14 goals.
Julius Aghahowa played as a striker during his active footballing career. In 2002, he became Nigeria’s all-time goal scorer but currently, he is the eighth all-time goal scorer of Nigeria. The former Wigan Athletic striker earned 32 caps for Nigeria from 2000 – 2007, his goal-scoring ratio is 0.43.
7. Ahmed Musa – 15 goals.
Ahmed Musa is the only active Nigerian player in the national team that made the list. He plays as a forward and left-winger. Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match which he did in 2014 and also he is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions after scoring against Iceland in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The former Leicester City forward ha earned 93 caps for Nigeria from 2010 till date, the numbers are still counting. His goal ratio is 0.16 per game, the poorest of all on the list.
6. Odion Ighalo – 16 goals.
Odion Ighalo is a Nigerian professional striker who plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. After winning the 2019 AFCON golden boot, Ighalo announced his retirement from international football. He earned 35 caps for Nigeria from 2015 – 2019 and his goal-scoring ratio is 0.44 per game.
5. Obafemi Martins – 18 goals.
Obafemi Martins is a Nigerian skilled forward who plays for Wuhan Zait in the Chinese Super League. He is renowned for his speed on the ball. In addition, Martins earned 42 caps for Nigeria from 2004 – 2015 and his goal-scoring ratio is 0,43 per game, which is an average of one goal in two to three games. Obafemi Martins is Nigeria’s fifth all-time highest goal scorer.
4. Ikechukwu Uche – 19 goals.
Ikechukwu Uche is a retired Nigerian striker. He appeared with the Nigerian Jersey in two Africa Cup Of Nations. The former Villareal striker is known for his acrobatic goal celebrations. Uche earned 46 caps for Nigeria from 2007 – 2014 and his goal-scoring ratio is 0.42. Ikechukwu Uche is the fourth all-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian national team.
3. Yakubu Aiyegbeni – 21 goals.
Yakubu was among the most popular Nigerian player during his playing career. The former Nigerian striker is the third all-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian national team. He represented Nigeria in four AFCON finals, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2000 Summer Olympics. Yakubu earned 57 caps for Nigeria from 2000 – 2012 and his goal-scoring ratio is 0.36.
2. Segun Odegbami – 22 goals.
Segun Odegbami is a retired expertise footballer who played as a forward. In addition, he is the second all-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian national team. The former shooting stars striker guided Nigeria to her first AFCON title in 1980 on her home soil. Segun Odegbami earned 46 caps for Nigeria and his goal-scoring ratio is 0.47.
1. Rashidi Yekini – 37 goals.
Rashidi Yekini is Nigeria’s all-time highest goal scorer. He was a prolific striker during his active career. Yekini represented Nigeria in five major tournaments and earned himself 58 caps from 1984 – 1998. The former Zurich striker has a goal scoring ratio of 0.64, the best of all on the list. He averages one goal in two games.