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Alexander Chuka Iwobi: A Talented Nigerian Footballer

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Despite being Jay Jay’s nephew, he has carved a name for himself and is putting the family name on TV screens across the world with his impressive performances for Arsenal

Alexander Chuka Iwobi a talented Nigerian footballer was born on the 3rd of May, 1996. He is currently making it big in the international scene. Like most footballers who are successful, he started out pretty early in life, playing the game of soccer and has hardly looked back ever since. At just eight years old, he became a member of the Arsenal Club and was still in primary school at the time and initially found it difficult to juggle the pressure of school with his training.

Alex, first appearance as a player for Arsenal was as asubstitute when the club played against West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Tournament and he was 17 years old. By the age of 19, he signed a long term contract with the club. On 27th October, 2015 he made his first-team debut for Arsenal in a match against Sheffield which ended in a 3:0 defeat in the round 16 of the League cup. Following his first Champions League start in a match against Barcelona that ended in a 3:1 away defeat, Alex, scored two goals in his first two Premier League starts where the team won against Everton and then Watford. Later, he was able to change his squad number from 45 to 17 after the Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez took the newly vacated number 7 from the departing Tomas Rosicky.

On the international scene, he played in the English Junior team at the under 16, under 17 and under 18 levels. He was part of the winning squad in the 2011 Victory shield. He however, played for Nigeria and on the 8th October, 2015 he made his senior debut for the Super Eagles when he replaced Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute. He scored the singular goal for Nigeria against Gambia on 7th October, 2017 and secured the Eagles a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

FAMILY

Alex Iwobi’s father, Chuba Iwobi, a lawyer who had at one time played amateur football inspired his son. Alex is the nephew of Former Nigerian football star Austin Jay-Jay Okocha. When Iwobi was two years old, his famiy moved to England and stayed with Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, and Alex was raised in an East London Estate near Bolton Wanders. It was in the same neighbourhood he went to school and began playing football with Tyrell Robinson in the same neighbourhood and they both grew into professional footballers and their relationship remains to this day.

NET WORTH

He is currently one of the richest and most influential football player in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10 million.


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