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Celestine Babayaro

Career
DOB:
 29.08.78
Caps:
 27
Goals:
 0

World Cup 2002
Appearances:
 2
Goals:
 0
Bookings:
 0
Sendings off:
 0
Celestine Babayaro
Club:Chelsea
Position:Defender

Celestine Babayaro is one of the most accomplished defenders in the world at the moment.

He excels in man-to-man marking and couples that with surges up the wing, adding a further attacking option.

The defender joined English Premiership side Chelsea in 1997 and is now one of the senior members of a club that changes personnel fairly regularly.

He is still only 23 but, at the age of 17, he scored one of the goals that helped Nigeria to the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Babayaro has had the problem of a club-versus-country row, but that appears to have diminished.



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