Vincent Enyeama Rated Lille’s Greatest

Vincent Enyeama Rated Lille’s Greatest 1

The former Super Eagles captain, often regarded as one of Nigeria’s finest ever shot-stoppers, may have left behind a lasting legacy in France

Vincent Enyeama is the most outstanding goalkeeper to have ever kept goal for Lille, according to respected football publication, 90 min.

In their 76-year history, Lille have paraded some fantastic goalkeepers, including ex-Martinique international Steeve Elana, former France first-choice Mickael Landreau, and Senegal great Tony Sylva, among others.

But all will queue behind Enyeama, who was named in Lille’s greatest first eleven for being “formidable in the one-on-one with attackers…. (and) will forever remain one of the most talented goalkeepers that Ligue 1 has known in the 21st century.”

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Enyeama moved to Lille in 2011 after six hugely successful years in Israel with Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The former Enyimba ace had a tough start to life in France and spent the 2012 – 2013 season on loan at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

But the two-time CAF Champions League winner quickly established himself as Les Dogues’ number one on his return from that loan spell.

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Enyeama made 164 appearances in all competitions for Lille, 143 of which came in Ligue 1, during which the former Heartland man kept a club-record 11 clean sheets.

His top performances also earned him the 2014 Prix Marc-Vivien Foé, an award given to the best African player in Ligue 1.

Enyeama remains Nigeria’s joint most-capped player in history with 101 appearances and is a vital member of the Super Eagles squad that lifted the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.