Midweek, the Dutch defender scored his first C1 goal, but he also suffered a devastating loss in his life.
Nathan Aké lived a very special evening with several different feelings that must have inhabited him. Manchester City star Nathan Aké has revealed his father died moments after scoring his first Champions League goal on Wednesday night. Nahtan Aké was named in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for the Champions League group stage opener of the 2021-22 campaign against RB Leipzig, and quickly left his mark scoring the first goal after only 16 minutes.
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The reigning English champion went on to win an exciting game 6-3, but the Dutch defender learned devastating personal news after the final whistle: his father Moise has died after battling cancer. Nathan Aké took to social media to pay tribute to his father the day after the match, and also confirmed that he attended the defender’s defining moment at the Etihad Stadium before his death.
“I know you are always with me, you will always be in my heart and this was for you, daddy”, the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram. “These last few weeks have been the most difficult of my life, my father was very ill and there was no more treatment. I was fortunate to have so much support from my fiance, my family and my friends. “
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“Yesterday, after a difficult period, I scored my first Champions League goal. A few minutes later he passed away peacefully, with my mother and brother by his side. Maybe it had to happen, see me playing always made him proud and happy “, concluded the Dutch international. A very contrasting evening for Nathan Aké who would certainly have preferred not to know the joy of the goal scored in C1 and the sadness of the loss of his father.
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Nathan Aké transferred from Bournemouth to City for € 45million in August 2020, and has since made 16 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring two goals. A hamstring injury caused him to miss much of his first season at the Etihad Stadium, but he has already appeared in three games for Pep Guardiola’s side this year, including the Community Shield final.
In addition to his injury last year, Nathan Aké suffers from a strong competition in central defense with the emergence of Ruben Dias in the central defense of the Cityzens and the awakening of John Stones by his side. Nathan Aké will therefore have to fight for regular playing time and he will certainly have another chance to show his skills when City host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, where a win could take them to the top of the table.