Villarreal Star, Samuel Chukwueze has dedicated his goal against Barcelona in their midweek La Liga match to his mentor and father figure, Victor Apugo.
Chukwuze has risen to prominence this season, becoming a regular for the yellow Sub Marine, appearing in 19 La Liga matches his inaugural season for the first team with four goals an two assists to his name.
Tuesday saw the 19 year old winger add another level to his growing hype, scoring an providing an assist in Villarreal’s 4-4 draw with leaders Barcelona at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Speaking to correspondents after the match, the Abia State born forward paid tribute to Apugo, who during his time as General Manager of Diamond Football Academy, Umuahia, discovered and nurtured the teenager before he came to limelight in 2015.
“I’m so happy to have scored against Barcelona, they are one of the best football clubs in the world, and they have great players”, Chukwueze said.
“I want to specially dedicate this goal to my mentor, Prince Victor Apugo, who adopted me like his son when nobody knew me. He has always been there for me and really helped me especially when my move to Arsenal didn’t work out”.
Chukwueze’s performances have not gone unnoticed with a host of European top clubs after his signature, despite his minimal experience. Big clubs such as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, and Leicester City are all said to be interested in securing his signature but first, he would be looking to inspire 17th place Villarreal to La Liga survival as they currently battle against relegation.