Google Doodle Honors Legendary Nigerian Footballer Rashidi Yekini on His Birthday
Google Doodle Honors Legendary Nigerian Footballer Rashidi Yekini on His Birthday . In honor of the late Rashidi Yekini, the greatest goal scorer in Nigerian football history, today’s Google Doodle celebrates his incredible career.
Yekini, who was born on October 23, 1963, guided Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, to a historic World Cup qualification in 1994. In addition to scoring the opening goal of the match, he also scored Nigeria’s first goal in the World Cup, according to Google. He cheered and let out happy tears as he sprinted into the net, clutching it with both arms, overcome with enthusiasm and pride. It is regarded by many as one of the most famous goal celebrations in football history, and the Doodle artwork of today was inspired by it.
The Doodle’s vibrant colors mirror the Nigerian flag, with an illustration featuring a goalpost and an action shot of Rashidi Yekini in his element.
The late striker was honored as the African Player of the Year in 1993, a testament to his outstanding skills on the field. Yekini also secured the top scorer title with an impressive eight goals.
Perhaps his most memorable feat came in 1994, when he led Nigeria to their first-ever World Cup appearance. In a historic match against Bulgaria in the United States, Yekini etched his name in history by netting Nigeria’s inaugural World Cup goal in a resounding 3-0 victory.
Regrettably, the legendary Yekini passed away on May 4, 2012, at the age of 48. Nevertheless, he remains an indelible figure in Nigerian football history, holding the esteemed title of Nigeria’s all-time leading goal scorer, with an astonishing 37 goals in 58 international appearances for the national team, spanning from 1994 to 1998.