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Nwankwo Kanu

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Nwankwo Kanu
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  • Sport: Soccer
  • Position: forward
  • Nationality: Nigeria Nigeria
  • Birth date: 1976-08-01 (38 years)
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Nwankwo Kanu is a Nigerian international football player who currently features for the English Premier League side Portsmouth. He is nicknamed as Papilo and is the only current Premiership player to have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, Premiership, FA Cup and an Olympic Gold meal. He is considered an African legend.

Kanu started his career at Nigerian side Fed Works in 1991 and after playing for a yar for Awuanyanwu Nationale, he moved to Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax Amsterdam in 1993. He was an instant hit at Ajax and won the Champions League in 1995.

He played for three seasons for Ajax and scored 25 goals in 54 league appearances and was signed by Italian giants Inter Milan in the summer of 1996.

Kanu failed to impress in Italy in his three years there and then in the summer of 1999 was rescued by Arsenal. Kanu became a huge hit at Highbury Park and played for them with pomp and grandeur for five years, playing in 119 Premier League matches and winning the league in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

Kanu was then signed by West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2004 and played regularly for them.

Portsmouth signed Kanu in 2006 and the Nigerian has been pretty much regular for the South Coast side, although he has failed to repeat his Arsenal form.

Kanu made his international debut for Nigeria way back in 1994 and won the Olympic gold with them in 1996. He has since gone onto represent his country 72 times and has scored 13 times.

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