Kelechi Iheanacho is a young professional football player who plays as a forward for the Nigerian football senior national team (the super eagles) and is currently a striker in Leicester City FC, a reputable football club in the English premier league.
He has once played for Manchester City FC, another English Premiership club and was part of the Nigerian U-17 national football team that won FIFA U-17 World Cup in the year 2013. Kelechi Iheanacho started playing for the Nigerian Super Eagles (Senior National Team) in 2015.
Kelechi Iheanacho was born on the 3RD of October, 1996, in Imo State of Nigeria. His biological parents are Mercy Iheanacho (mother) and James Iheanacho (father).
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As a youngster, he had always shown interest in football by way of constantly sneaking out of home to beg his way into viewing centres to join people watching the premier league matches and to play football in his hood.
Sometimes he even outsmarted the viewing centres’ owners and will sneak in to watch matches without paying the viewing fee. Kelechi was inspired by notable superstars he watched on the big screens.
However, the lad’s father, like most Nigerian fathers, opposed his interest in football not to talk of a football career.
This is largely due to the stereotype attached to would-be footballers who had no success. Mr James Iheanacho instead wanted his son to do the usual thing of “go to school, get good grades and get a good job or manage the family business.”
Mr James employed flogging with the cane and forcing young Kelechi to read his books. Kelechi Iheanacho was not one to let go of his passionate dream as he eventually got enlisted in his school’s football team and his father had no choice but to allow the youngster play in the tournament since it involved his school.
With his father’s approval, he played and led the school team to victory. His school team went on to win the trophy in the tournament which brought the lad’s scoring skills into spotlight.
This earned him widespread recognition in Imo State and his father’s support. As they say, the rest is history. He started his football career at the youth academy of Taye Academy Football Club.
Today, Kelechi Iheanacho is one the highest paid Nigerian players and he earns hard currency, the British pound sterling.
As a young man who was previously earning 85,000 pounds (42 million Naira) per week at Manchester City FC, Kelechi Iheanacho is indeed rich.
Currently 21 years old at this period in 2018, Kelechi Iheanacho is a very wealthy young Nigerian footballer who earns a weekly wage estimated to be above 60,000 dollars; that is an annual income of 3.2 million dollars at Leicester City FC in the United Kingdom. His current market value in the football shopping window is estimated to be above 15 million dollars.
As at 2018 estimations, Kelechi Iheanacho’s total networth is placed at over 8 million dollars.
Kelechi Iheanacho made his fortune from his previous English Premiership club, Manchester City FC and his current club, Leicester City FC and ofcourse from his earnings from the National team of Nigeria. He also enjoys and spends his money to show his luxurious and lavish lifestyle.
Kelechi Iheanacho is called a BMW freak and was quoted to have said that the brand name is the best of cars. He owns a BMW-18 which cost him 200,000 pounds (279,470 dollars). The BMW-18 model is one of the best cars in the BMW series. The footballer also owns a Mercedes c300 car which is 45,425 dollars in price.
The young foot ball player has purchased a large mansion which is rumoured to be in Lagos. The house is estimated to have cost him approximately 2 million pounds (2.79 million dollars).
Though this palace of a house is still being given finishing touches. With construction still ongoing, Kelechi Iheanacho is investing a lot of money in the building. Surprisingly, his father, Elder James Iheanacho is a building material merchant.
Kelechi’s influence has no doubt taken his father’s building materials business to greater heights. Elder James, who was once an average level business man has continued with his business albeit being his son’s football career manager and has stepped up to a top echelon business man.
Before his move to Manchester City, his father was paid a whooping sum of 300,000 pounds based on agreement with the club.
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How he Rose Through the Years
After joining football club Taye Academy in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Kelechi Iheanacho began playing in the national competition in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city.
He led Taye Academy to many victories and eventually became the team captain with continued excellent performance.
He was invited to play in the Nigerian U-17 national team and his first international football experience was at the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco where he scored a hat-trick while in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament, he came into spotlight by scoring six goals and was awarded the “Golden Ball”.
This feat attracted international attention as calls started coming in from English clubs and he was to sign in for Manchester City on the 10TH of January, 2014.
This was after he signed a pre-contract agreement with the English club in 2012 to join when he clocked 18 years of age.
He proved a good value for Manchester City money as he had a very good conversion rate with one of the best minute-goal-ratio. He made a fortune of 5 million dollars here.
The following year 2015, Kelechi Iheanacho was invited to join the senior national team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles and was part of the squad that qualified for the ongoing FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018.
He will also be playing along side his Super Eagles team mates in Russia. Their first match will be against the Croatian senior national team on Saturday the 16TH of June, 2018.
In August, 2017, Kelechi was bought over by his current English Premiership side, Leicester City FC at a price of 25 million dollars on a five-year contract.
It is indeed a story of grass to grace for the football star and his family. No longer are they poor, thanks to Kelechi’s football career.
Once they could not afford to subscribe for Digital TV in order to watch the Premier League and other international league matches but now the family has become not only wealthy but also influential in their neighbourhood, in Imo State and in Nigeria.
The story of Kelechi Iheanacho should really inspire parents to support their children’s passion based on their God-given talents.
Now, our football hero’s father, who after long squabbles with his son over his dream career, finally gave his support and their lives and indeed Nigerian football history is better for it.Click here to see the latest Jobs opportunities in Nigeria.
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