It is has become an undisputed facts that a host of Nigerian footballers who are playing in different countries are really representing their mother land with their amazing talents, one of such great talent is the 2013 FIFA under-17 world cup top scorer Kelechi Iheanacho. He has scored a good number of crucial goals both for the national team and club side.
If you are a huge fan of the excellent forward, I am sure you are interested in knowing thrilling facts about Kelechi Iheanacho Net Worth and Biography; why not read on to know these exciting facts about this exciting player.
Kelechi Iheanacho Profile
|Net Worth||$12 Million|
|Full Name||Kelechi Promise Iheanacho|
|Date of Birth (Age)||October 3rd 1996|
|Years Active||2011 – Present|
Kelechi Iheanacho Early Life
Kelechi Iheanacho was born to Mr James Iheanacho and Mercy Iheanacho in 1996,October 3 to be exact. His father James Iheanacho was a trader, though kelechi’s mother who was a teacher passed away when he was just fourteen living his father to cater for him.
His father was also absorbed in his business, so much so that he never really gave young Iheanacho the need attention, even disciplining on many occasions because of his involvement in football.
You can rightly say that Kelechi Iheanacho had a bitter childhood. Because of his undeterred determination, Kelechi Iheanacho was able to win his father’s support for football. The prolific striker who currently plays for the foxes of Leicester city is a native of Obogwe in Imo state.
Kelechi Iheanacho career
Kelechi Iheanacho started off as an academy player in the Taye Academy in Owerri. Because of his eye catching abilities, he was called to represent the national team in the 2013 FIFA U-17 world cup, where he drew the attention of top clubs from Europe.
He won the golden ball award after helping Nigeria to win the trophy. Among the team that camping calling on his services was Manchester city who eventually signed him.
Kelechi Iheanacho Club Career
Kelechi Iheanacho officially joined the academy of Manchester city in January 2015. During the preseason tour in 2015, though not yet fully a city player, Kelechi Iheanacho featured in the first match of the preseason scoring in the match and also scoring in the second match against Ac Milan.
Due to some hurdles that hindered him from getting his work permit on time, Kelechi had to join the u der-19 for the interim, featuring in the UEFA Youth League where he was beset with an injury few minutes after kick off.
After impressing again in his second preseason with Manchester city, Kelechi Iheanacho was handed his first premier league debut in August 29, 2015 when his club faced Watford in a competitive match.
His goal account was opened in the following month when, when Crystal Palace hosted Manchesty city in which Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match; earning city three points.
In 2016, Kelechi Iheanacho rewarded his coach for the faith he had in him by registering his first hat-trick for the club against Aston villa in the round 4 of the FA cup, and also assisting Raheem Sterling to score. His consistent form earned him a spot in a the champion league squad. He also was on score sheet in the match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Kelechi Iheanacho further scored a brace against stoke city, and another brace against Southampton. He finished the season as the third top scorer for Manchester City, contributing a total of 19 goals (14 goals and 5 assist) for the club.
The goal poacher, extended his red hot form to next season, scoring his first goal of the season and also setting up another in his side win over Manchester united.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s excellent performance didn’t go unnoticed by the world as he was nominated for the FIFA Golden Boy award which he lost to rival Renato Sanchez.
Kelechi Iheanacho later signed for Leicester City for a £25 million fee by Manchester City. He didn’t take long for Kelechi Iheanacho to make his appearance for his new club, featuring in the match against the Gunners of Arsenal FC.
As his custom, he registered his first goal for the club against Leeds United in the EFL cup clash in October 2017.
In 2018, after his goal had been ruled offside by the referee, the Video Assistant Referee had to review the goal and awarded it to the striker, stating that Kelechi Iheanacho was incorrectly ruled offside; making him the first player in English top flight to be awarded a goal by VAR.
On October 18,2020, Kelechi Iheanacho lead the team in the match against Aston Villa where they lost at home to the visitors.
Kelechi Iheanacho International Career
Kelechi Iheanacho represented Nigeria both at the senior level and also youth level.
He started by playing for the Nigerian under-13 where he kept making progress up to the under-17 level, where he was called to represent the national team in the U-17 championship in Africa, in 2013 which was hosted by Morocco.
In the tournament he scored a hat-trick against Botswana, in which he dedicated his goals to his deceased mother who passed away few months to the tournament.
In the FIFA Under 17 world in 2013, Kelechi Iheanacho was instrumental to the African giants, scoring six and assist seven in the competition;as he helped them to win the world cup and also winning the player of the tournament award. Kelechi Iheanacho also featured twice for the flying eagles in the FIFA U-20 World cup, which was hosted by New Zealand.
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Kelechi Iheanacho featured for the Super eagles in the match that ended in a goalless draw against eSwatini. He later featured as a starter in the match against Egypt in the 2017 African cup of nations qualifier which ended in a draw.
In spite of the fact that there was a change in the coaching system, Kelechi Iheanacho still maintained his place in the new coach’s squad, under the new coach Gernot Rohr, he featured in the two matches against Tanzania in the Akwa Ibom international stadium, and also in Ndola against Zambia where he scored in each of those matches.
Since then he has become an important figure in the national team squad. He recently featured in the international friendly against Algeria and Tunisia in which he scored against Tunisia and also missed a penalty in the same match.
Kelechi Iheanacho Personal Life
Kelechi Iheanacho is single at the moment as he is focused on his football career.
Kelechi Iheanacho Net Worth
In the course of playing for Manchester City and Leicester city, Kelechi Iheanacho has earned a great fortune and fame for himself. Kelechi Iheanacho’s net worth is estimated to be around a staggering $12 million.