Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo has announced his retirement from international football after winning the 2019 AFCON golden boot.

The 30-year-old was awarded the top scorer’s prize in Egypt  on Friday after scoring five goals in seven appearances for the Super Eagles.

He started his career as a youth player in the U20 team and later made his senior debut during an international friendly match against Uganda in March 2015.

After playing 35 matches and scoring 16 goals which rank him as the seventh all-time highest goalscorer in the national team history, the 30-year-old took the decision to bow out for younger ones to ‘learn and grow’.

“This is one of the most difficult career decisions I have had to take. It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the national team,” Ighalo wrote on Instagram.

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