Samuel Chukwueze: The Legend in the making
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Samuel Chukwueze: The Legend in the making
If you watch the Spanish La Liga, then you must be familiar with the name Samuel Chwukweze. He is a raw talent and plays as a winger for the yellow submarines, Villarreal CF. He was dubbed the next big thing by Lionel Messi himself. Chukwueze has also drawn comparisons from pundits with Dutch legend Arjen Robben due to their similar playing styles. He also plays as a winger for the Nigerian senior team after a star-studded youth-run in the U-17 division.
Born on the 22nd of May 1999 in Ugba-ibeku, Ikwuano, Abia state, Samuel Chukwueze ( Chukwueze meaning “God is king” in the Igbo language) was brought up a Christian and is the first child of three. He has two siblings, a brother, and a sister.
Chukwueze attended the government college Umuahia, one of the oldest and most popular secondary schools in Nigeria. Several notable alumni, including Chinua Achebe, the writer of things fall apart. He went on to finish secondary school education at Evangel secondary school at 16.
Chukwueze started playing soccer at the tender age of 8. In doing so, he idolized Nigerian all-time great, jay-jay Okocha. He was also mentored by Hon. Victor Apugo, who was the former General Manager of the Abia State Environmental Protection
It is a known fact that initially, his parents were against him playing football. Still, after showing great promise as a youth player, they were more than happy to let him continue.
Chukwueze started his football career at the Diamond football academy before joining the Villarreal youth team in 2017. Samuel made his senior team first appearance with the Villarreal reserves on the 15th of April 2018, coming on as a second-half substitute in an away draw to CE Sabadell FC.
Finally, after a stellar run with the youth team and reserves, Chukwueze was given his shot at the limelight. At just 19, He made his first-team debut for Villarreal against Rangers in the UEFA Europa League. On the 5th of November 2018, he made his La Liga debut in a draw with Levante. He went in to play the full match.
Chukwueze scored his first senior goal for the yellow submarines on the 20th of May 2018, in his teams 3-1 thrashing of Athletico Bilbao. He made off with two goals in 11 appearances in his very first season in La Liga.
Chukwueze had a prolific run with the under-17 Nigerian football team, which won the U-17 world cup in 2015 with his help and a squad of other wonder kids, including Chinedu Madueke and Victor Osimehn, amongst others.
His amazing performance at the U-17 world cup drew attention to him, and teams around Europe started scrambling for his signature. Invariably he ended up signing for Villarreal picking. His 25 seconds goal against Chile in Nigeria’s 5-1 win was the fastest of the U-17 world cup tournament. He also went on to win the Bronze Boot with three goals in the entire tournament.
He received his first cap as a senior player after been called up by the super eagle's coach Gernot Rohr in October 2018. He made his debut at the draw to Uganda on the 20th of November the same year. Since then, he has gone on to score 3 goals in 13 appearances for the super eagles as of June 2020.
Chukwueze is a diverse player and functions as a Right winger, left winger, and an attacking midfielder (center, right or left), but he plays mostly as a right-winger. He plays with the iconic number 11 at his back for Villarreal. He has scored 12 goals in 68 games in all competitions for Villarreal as of June 2020.
He plays most time either from the bench or starting a few games. He gels well with the several established football players on the Villarreal squad, including Paco Alcacer, Santi Carzola, and Gerard Moreno, to mention a few.
Samuel Chukwueze is a talented dribbler who is never afraid to go for take-on. He is very dangerous when his team is on the counter. With his dribbling ability, he is fond of cutting in to take shots. He prefers long balls and crosses to classic short passes. Being an attacker, he isn’t that good defensively but makes a sizeable contribution to the defense when his team is receiving the end of the attack. Dribbling a lot means he loses the ball more often, but with the way his gameplay is progressing, we should expect even better ball handling.
Current market value
According to transfermkrt.com, Chukwueze is valued at 27.00 million euros after the last update on the 8th of April, 2020. His highest market value ever was 30 million euros on June 11, 2019. His present contract with Villarreal expires in June 2023. Any team that wants his signature would have to bring more than 27 million euros to the table.
Samuel Chukwueze is estimated to be $300,000 that’s about 110 million in Nigerian naira. The four-year contract sees Chukwueze’s release clause set at €100m for the first two years and then €80m for the third year. It has been reported that Samuel currently collects €18,000 in salary per week.
He is managed by 10 management, a company with ties to Rocnation sports(Jay-Z’s sports company). 10 management act as Chukwueze’s agent and are in charge of booking his deals and all his transfer options. 10 management also manages French man Diaby playing for FC Paços de Ferreira, Chidozie Awaziem at leganes, as well as a host of other talents.
On the grounds of footwear, he is endorsed by sports giants Nike as he puts on Nike Mercurial Superfly VII Elite soccer cleats while playing during the 2019/2020 football season.
Chukwueze is fairly active on Instagram, and his handle is Chukwuezesamuel8. He has over 150k followers while following less than 200 people, which probably close friends and people he respects, including Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi.
He is a very fashionable footballer who loves to post pictures in different outfits. He is also reported to be very fond of his mother.
Taste in cars and house
Shockingly, Chukwueze recently let his fans and viewers know online after he took a picture with a 95 million Ferrari that he couldn’t drive. He then said the car was to help take him around town and to training while in Spain. There aren’t many reports online of where he lives, but it's obvious he currently lives in Spain.
Facts you probably didn’t know about Samuel Chukwueze:
• He is left-footed
• His parents were originally against him playing soccer
• His football role model is Arjen Robben
• As of June 2020, he doesn’t know how to drive
Awards and Accomplishments
• Winner U-17 world cup, 2015
• 3rd place winner African cup of Nations, 2019
• Nominee the future awards Africa Nigeria prize in sports
• Nominee CAF youth player of the year
• Winner of the Nigeria Football Federation's 2018 Young Player of the Year award.
• 50 for the future: UEFA.com’s ones to watch in 2019/20
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