Alex Iwobi is the Arsenal striker who has had a finicky season with the Red Gunners in the English Premier League this season. This right-footed Nigerian Alex Iwobi is one of the African Stars to watch out for in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 21 year old Nigerian star has an estimated market value of 10 million euros. He has a net worth of $5 million, as of 2018 but what makes him special is his ability to finish, even in situations that seem really unlikely. The striker has made his mark felt in nearly every match that he has played, and in this World Cup, which is his first, he might just be able to take it up a notch.
About His Career Till Now
Iwobi, after having moved to England at the age of four, made his debut for Arsenal in October 2015, in the Round 16 of the League Cup.
A few weeks latter he debuted in the Premier League against Swansea city as a Substitute for Mesut Ozil. He came on at the 85th minute.
Having played for England previously, Iwobi decided to go back to Nigeria. He made his international debut for Nigeria in the same year and from then on, it’s been a memorable journey.
He went on to score two goals against Everton and Watford in his first two premier league starts. He was selected by Nigeria for the 2016 Summer Olympics squad. He did not get a chance for the main squad though.
He featured in Arsenal’s successful FA Cup campaign, the next season, earning the winners medal. He shone brighter in the 2017 Community Shield, another win by Arsenal against Chelsea on a penalty shoot out. He scored 7 goals in 56 matches so far.
In August 2017, tragedy struck as Iwobi had to pull out of Nigeria’s campaign due to an injury but scored against Zambia in October to secure Nigeria’s berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. He has scored 4 times for his nation for 14 caps.
Iwobi scored the only goal for his nation against England in a preworld cup friendly. He is selected as the member of the 25 member sqaud for the World Cup 2018 Russia.
The Most Notable Achievement Till Now
As a young and motivated player, Alex Iwobi is all set to feature in his first World Cup for his nation. Every World Cup has given the world new talent to cherish. Iwobi has proved to be a talented player on the stronger side of the team. He has great expectation on his shoulders as Nigeria faces the big names of Argentina, the dark horses of Iceland or the under dogs of Croatia in the group stages.
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