After enjoying his most productive campaign to date and finishing the season as the Eredivisie’s top marksman, new Super Eagle Cyriel Dessers is reportedly on his way to KRC Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League.
Three seasons in the Netherlands has seen him bag enough goals to add his name to the elite class of the most prolific Nigerian stars to ever feature in the Eredivisie.
Iconic footballers like Sunday Oliseh, Haruna Babangida, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Chidi Nwanu, Pius Ikedia, and Ahmed Musa have all starred in the Netherlands.
But don’t expect their names on the top seven list of Nigerian goalscorers in that country.
However, who are the all-time top-scoring Nigerians in the Dutch top-flight? Soccernet.ng shines the light on the first seven.
Fifty goals set Tijani Babangida apart from all others at the very top of the goalscorer’s chart on this elite list.
It took the petite right-winger 175 league matches across nine seasons playing for four Dutch clubs to clock half a century goals in the Eredivisie.
Babangida joined Roda JC Kerkrade from Niger Tornadoes, and after mastering the league on-loan at VV-Venlo, the former Nigeria international returned to Roda JC.
He impressed at the second time of asking, and Ajax swooped in on him, signing him in 1996 as the replacement for the departing Finidi George.
The 1996 Olympics gold medalist won the Eredivisie with Ajax in 1998. A couple of other Nigerians also have won the league title in the Netherlands.
Still, no one has come close to equalling Babangida’s scoring record over 25 years after leaving the country.