fitness_web_5

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold

09 Feb 2022 | 07:26 | Football

Ighalo on his journey from Africa to the Premier League

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 In December 2017, an orphanage was built by Odion Ighalo in Ijegun, a modest suburb north of Lagos, Nigeria.

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 Ighalo is said to have spent around 500 million Nigerian naira, or around £1 million – to build this house. This is a complex that can accommodate from 30 to 40 children, with separate rooms for boys and girls. 

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 This orphanage will accept infants and is committed to full care until the age of 18, including instruction in culture and sports. 

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 “I dream of making an impact on my life and this is a step in the right direction,” Ighalo said.

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 “I hope there will be positive changes in life, the goals of the orphanage are fully met and the children are the leaders of the future,” added the Nigerian striker.

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 Before opening the orphanage, Ighalo looked for other ways to help. He is a Christian and has sent part of his salary to Nigeria to help children, schools and widows living below the poverty line.

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 In 2015, he told the Daily Mirror: “My family is number one. Every month I send money home to them, but I also send donations to those less fortunate because I come from poverty.”

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 In the past, Ighalo played football for a short time for Man Utd in the 2020/21 season but was not very successful. 

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 Before that, he spent 4 years playing football in China for Changchun Yantai and Shenhai Shenhua.

Former Man Utd star spent 1 million pounds to show his heart of gold - Football

 However, the peak of Ighalo must include his time with Watford when the player scored 33 goals in 82 appearances. In the Nigerian shirt, Ighalo also left a certain mark with 16 goals after 36 times for the national team.

tcecsport
WE EDUCATE AND INSPIRE THROUGH ATHLETICS

© 2021 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Athletics