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Top 11 "Most Rugged" Super Eagles Players Of All Time

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Over the years, there have been plenty of Super Eagles players who the opposition fans love to boo due to their rugged acts.

But do you ever imagine what would happen if these players made their own squad? Today, we will take a look at the most rugged Super Eagles XI.

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11. Goalkeeper: Abiodun Baruwa

The stocky Abiodun Baruwa carved his niche not just for making saves but toughness behind the sticks.

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10. Right-Back: Austin Eguavoen

Cerezo was known for his rash tackles during key games. One of such was the 1994 World Cup game with Italy as he committed a needless foul in the box.

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9. Center-Back: Taribo West

Taribo West genuinely scares strikers into giving him the ball. When they don't, he smashes them. His hair and looks was scary to opposition.

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8. Center-Back: Bright Omokaro

Bright Omokaro is one of Nigeria's dirtiest players. His combination of pushes, trips, and tackles combined to make him a good enforcer. One of such incidents was when he intentionally wounded an Algerian player at the 1988 AFCON.

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7. Wing-Back: Taye Taiwo

There are many words to describe Taiye Taiwo. Former Marseille player Taiwo was feared during his days as Super Eagles left back.

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6. Center-Back: Ajibade Babalade

Ajibade Babalade an ex-Stores and Shooting Stars player was known to be a no-nonsense defender. Ghana's Abedi Ayew Pele will not forget Babalade in a hurry. He was a thorn in the flesh of the Ghanaian legend when Nigeria's Super Eagles and Ghana's Black Stars met in AFCON 1992. His hard tackles earned him the appellation "Kunde", they were likened to that of Emmanuel Kunde. Babalade is famous for his tough approach to games, and that usually does not win him many friends.

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5. Midfielder: Sunday Oliseh

A player of Sunday Oliseh's calibre became a well known figure in Nigerian football. He was hardworking and dedicated to the national team. Oliseh was feared by the opposition.

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4. Winger: Julius Aghahowa

Julius Aghahowa mentality puts him on another level. He is one of the few players at the that gave everything in every game in his days. Everything meanish, taking risks and dirty tackles whenever is necessary. That creates fear in opponents.

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3. Winger: Victor Ikpeba

Victor Ikpeba was known for his talents on the pitch but he also had documented rifts with coaches. He played for AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

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2. Striker: Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Premier League defenders won't forget Yakubu Aiyegbeni in a hurry. He was a Footballer who gave defenders worries not just at club but also at national level.

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1. Midfielder: Daniel Amokachi

For a striker to be nicknamed "The Bull" shows how he bullied defenders during his active days. Daniel Amokachi always tried to muscle his way to the toughest backline and often succeeded. He had stints at Club Brugge, Everton and Besiktas.

Below is the XI:

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