Messi, Okocha, Odemwingie are my idols – Joe Aribo

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Joseph Ayodele-Aribo scored on his international debut for Nigeria in the 2-2 draw against Ukraine, the player himself described the occasion as great, even more so because he did it in the Super Eagles iconic number 10 jersey.

Aribo, 23, put in a great performance in the heart of the Eagles midfield as the young team tore down their hosts inside 34 minutes, he grabbed the opener four minutes in.

 

“It was a great feeling, to score on my debut,” the Midfielder said in a telephone chat on Brila FM’s Area Lunch Sport.

 

The strike puts him in an exclusive group of Nigerians who scored on their Eagles debut, and he draws inspiration from their dedication.

 

Born in Camberwell, London on 21 July, 1996 his formation into one a promising football star has caught the eyes of many including his Rangers FC Manager, Steven Gerrard.

 

Such guidance can only help him become another great one; for a player who himself idolizes Argentina and FC Barcelona Legend, Lionel Messi, Nigeria’s Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Osaze Odemwingie.

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