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Super Eagles' Kelechi Iheanacho delighted fans and his team, scoring against seven-time AFCON champions, Egypt. The Nigerian footballer scored the only goal to defeat Egypt in their first match at AFCON 2022. Let's dig into the life of the Leicester City forward to find out more about his net worth, salary, wife, house, and cars.
The current Super Eagles and Leicester forward has in the past been referred to as one of the football prodigies of our time. The 2013/2016 Most Promising Talent of the Year award winner is known for his goal-scoring skills. For instance, during the FIFA U17 World Cup, he scored six goals and offered 7 assists to his team earning himself the Top Scorer title. Read on to discover more about Kelechi's personal life and net worth.
- Full name: Kelechi Promise Iheanacho
- Nickname: Senior man
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: 03 October 1996
- Age: 26 (as of 2022)
- Zodiac sign: Libra
- Place of birth: Imo, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Ethnicity: Black
- Religion: Christian
- Height in feet: 6'0"
- Height in centimetres: 185
- Weight in pounds: 180
- Weight in kilograms: 82
- Hair colour: Black
- Eye colour: dark brown
- Mother: Mercy Iheanacho
- Father: James Iheanacho
- Siblings: 3
- Relationship status: Unknown
- Profession: Professional footballer
- Net worth: $3.6 million
- Instagram: @kelechi72
- Twitter: Kelechi Iheanacho
- Facebook: Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho's biography
Kelechi was born on the 3rd of October 1996. He was born and raised in Imo, Nigeria. On various occasions, the Nigerian footballer has demonstrated his dedication to his family. He credits his success to his late mother, Mercy Iheanacho.
Early Football career
Earlier in his career, he played for two youth football clubs, Taye Academy and Manchester City Academy in 2014 and 2015. His incredible talent wowed coaches at Manchester City Academy, earning him a spot in the senior team later.
He has played for the Nigerian National team since 2013, making appearances in the U-17, U-20 and the senior team.
Did Kelechi play for Manchester City?
He joined the Manchester City football club playing for the under 17, under 21 and senior levels. His stunning performance at the club saw him win the English League Cup in 2016 and a nomination for the FIFA Golden boy award in the same year.
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Where is Kelechi Iheanacho now?
Currently, he is representing his country Nigeria in the AFCON 2022 championships. He is only available for national duties for the period of AFCON after being named in the 28-man team. The super Eagles got a lead on Egypt following Iheanacho's only goal of the match.
He is also signed to Leicester City on a 3-year contract following a previous five-year contract with the club. His stay at Leicester has seen him win the 2021 English FA Cup winner and the March 2021 Premier League Player of the month.
He scored his first hat trick and brace at the club, leading Leicester to victory. He later dedicated the Premier League hat trick to his late mother in an emotional tribute during a post-game interview in April 2021.
“I was looking forward to dedicating my first hat-trick to my mum and all the mothers in the world, and for it to happen on that day was amazing,” he says. “I think about her every day. I know she is in a good place now and it helps me to keep working hard and to keep going. My worst fear was to lose her. Now there is nothing that could scare me any more in life.”
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What position does Kelechi Iheanacho play?
He is a number 14 player whose primary position is centre forward. He often plays as a striker too.
Kelechi Iheanacho's net worth 2022
Kelechi Iheanacho's cars and mansion
According to Naija.com, the Leicester player owns several high-end vehicles including, a Mercedes-Benz c300 and a 2015 Range Rover sport. In addition, he and his Leicester teammates were each gifted a BMW i8 as a reward in 2016.
Who is Kelechi Iheanacho's wife?
There are no confirmed reports of his marriage.
Just like his talent and fame, Kelechi Iheanacho's net worth is sure to grow to match his role models, Nwankwo Kanu and Didier Drogba. He is a prolific player with the potential to join the lists of legendary world football players in the future.
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