Nigerian Star Iheanacho Equals Cristiano Ronaldo's Goals Record in England After Brace Against Man United

Nigerian Star Iheanacho Equals Cristiano Ronaldo's Goals Record in England After Brace Against Man United

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
March 22, 2021 at 9:38 AM

- Kelechi Iheanacho scores brace against Manchester United

- The 24-year-old inspired Leicester City to FA Cup semifinals this season

- Iheanacho has now equalled Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes 13 goals record in the competition

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Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's 13 goals FA Cup record after netting twice in Leicester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United in the quarterfinal of the competition.

The 24-year-old opened the scoring for the hosts in the 24th minute but Mason Greenwood's 38th-minute equaliser cancelled out the opener.

Youri Tielemans restored the Foxes' leadership seven minutes into the second half while the Super Eagles attacker completed his double in the 78th minute of the meeting.

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The triumph means the King Power Stadium outfit has progressed to the last-4 stage while the Red Devils' hopes of winning the title came to an abrupt end.

Kelechi Iheanacho equals Cristiano Ronaldo's 13 goals FA Cup record
Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a superb header that helped Leicester City dump Man United out of the FA Cup competition at the quarterfinal stage. Photo by Ian Walton/PA Images
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After his brace, Ineahacho has now overtaken legendary players like Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer, Robbie Keane, Heing-min Son and a host of others who have 12 goals in the history of the tourney.

He achieved the feat with lesser games - 13 goals in 18 games, compared to Ronaldo's reaching the same number after 26 matches. Scholes needed 47 appearances to match-up to the tally.

The former Nigerian youth international is now one goal from shattering the 13 goals tally previously held by Ronaldo, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Nicolas Anelka, Paul Scholes and a few others.

Meanwhile, Iheanacho's tally stands at 12 goals so far this season with five assists after 28 appearances in all competitions.

Brendan Rodgers' might end up playing in the Champions League next campaign as they currently occupy the third position with 56 points after 29 games this campaign.

The Nigerian started his Premier League journey at Manchester City before moving to the King Power Stadium in 2017 with his deal set to expire in the summer of 2022. earlier reported that Leicester City are through to the FA Cup semi-finals after eliminating Man United from the competition on the evening of Sunday, March 21.

The Foxes stunned United 3-1 at the King Power Stadium to secure a place in the last four for the first time since 1982.

Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho emerged as the match hero for Leicester, scoring a sensational brace to inspire his side to victory.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

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