first moving to English football in January 2003 from Israel where he
played for Maccabi Haifa, Aiyegbeni went on to enjoy a fine career with
teams competing in the Premier League and Football League, with 367
appearances being made in all competitions.
Aiyegbeni represented Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Reading and
Coventry, with a combined total of 141 goals being scored at those
seven clubs. He also moved to China where he played for Guangzhou
The decision to retire has been made by Aiyegbeni on his
35th birthday, 20 years on from when he turned professional with
Nigerian side Julius Berger.
Aiyegbeni also netted 21 goals from 57 appearances for Nigeria.