Vincent Enyeama is the best Nigerian goalkeeper ever, and as far as that goes, he’s one of the best footballers to ever play the sport in Africa.
His international career only was so phenomenal that you’d have to win the World Cup twice, to reach his level as a goalkeeper, even though the former Super Eagles number one never won the Cup.
Over the course of 13 years (2002 – 2015), the Akwa Ibom native played for the Nigerian national team, serving as it’s captain from 2013 until his retirement from international football in 2015.
Through his monumental career, he won the NPL twice, CAF Champions League twice, Israeli Premier League twice, Israeli State Cup twice, AFCON once and was awarded the CAF Champions League Player of the tournament twice, while scoring 20 career goals.
His biggest moment, however, is probably his performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when he bested Lionel Messi.
He was named man of the match in that game, a defiant display that restricted Argentina to a 1–0 win.
Enyeama made six fine saves against the two-time world champions, four of which came from Lionel Messi. Argentine coach Diego Maradona praised him as the reason Messi was not able to score a goal.
Talking about that performance years after, he has said he does not reckon Lionel Messi is human, because of his precision and speed.
This is even though he bossed him around during that match.
With 101 caps, Vincent Enyeama is Nigeria’s most capped player of all time.