Former Nigeria forward Victor Ikpeba has been left blown away by Rangers star Joe Aribo after he danced through the Brazil defence to score a wonderful individual goal during a friendly clash this week, speaking to Soccernet.
“Credit to Aribo for the sublime goal he scored against the five-time World Champions,” said Ikpeba, a forward who played 31 times for the Super Eagles between 1992 and 2002.
“He’s such a wonderful player and I am delighted to see him play quality football for Nigeria. Joe Aribo is an exceptional player and he has shown the coach Gernot Rohr that he is ready to claim a regular shirt.”
Aribo has only played two games for Nigeria but he has scored in each. Prior to that wonderful individual effort against the reigning Copa America champions, the 23-year-old found the net in a 2-2 draw against Ukraine with the youngster quickly earning comparisons with the legendary Jay-Jay Okocha, not to mention former Chelsea enforcer Michael Essien.
Rangers paid just £300,000 to sign Aribo from Charlton this summer (the Scotsman) and he should be worth at least ten times that now.