From Ajegunle To Manchester United: The Inspiring Story Of Odion Ighalo

Prior on Friday, Manchester United finished the deal of the Nigerian International as he is signed on loan from Shangai Shenhua in China for a 6 months loan deal and an option to buy.

In any case, this move has been done to cover the transient damage to Marcus Rashford and we must say it is a privilege for Ighalo to signed for a team like Manchester United becoming the first Nigerian to play for the team.

And also it is a good one for a player to play for his childhood team which he has supported since young age.

The player himself declared his love and aspiration for the team as he said he’s been supporting Manchester United since his young age:

“I wouldn’t say no to Manchester United. They were my team while I was growing up and I loved watching the likes of players such as Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke play. Those 2 were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream for me.”

Below Ighalo is pictured in a United shirt while growing up in the city of Lagos.

United Manager, Ole Solksjaer said of the transfer by stating:

“Odion is an accomplished player and an experienced one. An extraordinary chap and expert. He will give us anh alternative of an alternate kind of focus forward. He will take advantage of his time here.”

The Nigerian International is a characteristic number nine and a characteristic goalscorer with pace and force. As he’s a player with pace, instinctual finish and capacity to discover space. This was what prompted Barcelona in attempting to sign him only a year back in light of the fact that they needed that sort of player but he turned them down.

For his goal records, he completed as top scorer at the 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualifier and also finished as the top scorer in the main competition. In his Watford career, he scored 39 goals in 99 matches for the English team. He completed as the 2018 China league second-top scorer with 21 goal too and scored 10 goals in 17 games played for Shanghai Shenhua in 2019 and winning the FA Cup with former Ac Milan player Stefan ElSharawy.

Born and brought up in the lanes of Lagos ghetto side of Ajegunle, a spot famous for posse savagery and miserable neediness. It’s a grass to beauty story for the player as he appreciates the deference of signing for Manchester United.

The way for him has been a long one as leaving Lagos Club, Julius Berger in 2007, for Norway with Lyn Oslo. He then moved to Udinese, Cesena and Granada, in Italy and Spain respectively before handling for Watford in England. This journey took him to China too and now back to England with the best.

With his blessed career and now signing for his boyhood club, Manchester United, it is a grace for the player to play for such great team – the first Nigerian to do such. Ighalo is a blessed and magnanimous one for his cause of good work is his contributions to building schools and helping the less privilege and widows.

He is genuinely a good example for yearning footballers. His determination and goodwill have been key for his successful journey from the streets of Ajegunle to Manchester United.

He is Odion Jude Ighalo, a ghetto Lagos boy who now plays for the most successful English team, Manchester United. It is indeed an inspiring story.

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