Celestine Babayaro

Born Aug 29, 1978
Age 37
Hometown Kaduna
Team Plateau United + ...
Position Defender (Associa...

Celestine Boyd Jonto Hycieth Babayaro is a former Nigerian footballer. He was named after Pope Celestine V.

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1978 Birth Born on August 29, 1978.


1994 15 Years Old Babayaro began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgium club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager.
1995 16 Years Old After being part of the victorious Nigerian team at the Under-17 World Championships in Japan (1993), Babayaro made his international senior debut in the Afro-Asian Championship in 1995, against Uzbekistan. … Read More
1997 18 Years Old Babayaro was signed by Chelsea after being spotted by scout Lewis Durkin in April 1997. … Read More


2000 21 Years Old During his time at Chelsea, the team won the FA Cup, and Charity Shield in 2000, and reached the FA Cup final in 2002. … Read More
2004 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The steady form of Wayne Bridge saw Babayaro start only four FA Premier League matches for Chelsea in 2004–05 under new manager José Mourinho. … Read More
2005 26 Years Old In January 2005, he left Chelsea to join Newcastle United on an undisclosed fee, where he established himself as first choice left back. … Read More
2006 27 Years Old In September 2006, Babayaro was given a three-match ban by The Football Association for slapping Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in the face, while Liverpool took a corner The slap was not seen by the referee Mark Halsey, but later footage showed Babayaro punch the Dutchman in the face. … Read More
2007 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 February 2007, after a 2–1 win over Liverpool, then-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder revealed that just 12 hours before kick-off, Babayaro had called him saying his younger brother David had died from tuberculosis. … Read More
On 21 January 2008, 29-year-old Babayaro came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy to join them on a three-year contract, effective immediately. … Read More


2010 31 Years Old On 8 July 2010, Babayaro officially announced his retirement from football.
2011 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He later sued the Daily Star for a headline suggesting he had been charged with rape and won an apology and damages He was declared bankrupt on 4 January 2011.
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