Former Super Eagles striker Bartholomew Ogbeche has become the all-time record goalscorer in the Indian Super League after scoring his 49th league goal on Monday.
Bartholomew Ogbeche, who currently represents Hyderabad FC, has scored 49 goals in 70 appearances for four clubs in the Indian top-flight since moving to the league in the summer of 2018.
Bartholomew Ogbeche first came into prominence in 2002 when he was the second-youngest player at the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan when he was included in Nigeria’s squad to the tournament aged 17. He made two appearances as the Super Eagles crashed out of the tournament at the group stage.
Ogbeche has had a sort of journeyman career, and has played for 15 club sides in his career, including Paris Saint-Germain, Metz, Bastia, Middlesbrough, Cadiz, and Real Valladolid, among others.
The striker moved to India in August 2018 when he joined NorthEast United from Dutch club Willem II.
Ogbeche broke the goals record with a brace for Hyderabad FC in a 5-0 win against his former club NorthEast United FC and is currently the leading goalscorer in the Indian Super League with 14 goals in 13 appearances this season.
Ogbeche’s goals saw him become the league’s outright all-time top scorer ahead of Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri and Ferran Corominas, both of whom have scored 48 goals in their Indian Super League careers.
Bartholomew Ogbeche has enjoyed a successful career in India and continues to perform at a high level despite his 37 years of age. The striker holds a number of records in Indian football, including being the first to score a hat-trick for three different clubs, second player to score three hat-tricks in the Indian Super League and also the first Hyderabad FC player to score a hat-trick in the league.
Bartholomew Ogbeche is a proper legend of the game in India, where he is the record goal scorer for three different sides, NorthEast United FC, Kerala Blasters FC and Hyderabad FC.