- Nathan Ake lost his father during Man City's 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in their Group A Champions League clash
- The 24-year-old opened the scoring in the match in the 19th minute as the game produced an outstanding nine goals
- The Netherlands international only discovered the death of his father had occurred while he was on the pitch for City
The Netherlands international rose highest in the box to score the game's first goal which ended 6-3 in a nine-goal thriller at the Etihad.
Not knowing that few minutes after the goal was scored had his father lost his life as he played the entire 90 minutes of the game in ignorance.
It was the 24-year-old's first goal in the elite competition and later dedicated the strike to his late father through a social media post.
"The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life, my dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible. I was lucky to have a lot of support from my fiancé, family and friends.
"Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side. Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy. I know you're always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you dad."
Man City vs RB Leipzig summary
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Man City vs RB Leipzig Group A Champions League clash ended in a 6-3 win for the EPL giants at the Etihad on the night of Wednesday, September 15.
City, who are among favourites to win the championship were looking to curtain raise their European campaign on the right footing as they look to lift the elusive title.
The Citizens came close to conquering Europe for the first time in their history last season, only to be stopped by rivals Chelsea in the final.
Source: Sports Brief News