Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has vowed to dedicate every goal he scores for the Red Devils to his late sister, who passed away in December.
According to the Nigerian, Mary Atole who was a Manchester United supporter did not witness Ighalo’s new deal with United after she prayed that her younger brother will at some point in his career play for the English Premier League club.
Ighalo also said his 43-year-old sister tragically passed away just a month before the move happened.
Ighalo sapeakig to The Sun said, “I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again,”
“My twin sister, Akhere, will call me, crying, saying she misses her and, sometimes when I am alone, I cry too. It is a very painful loss but I am trying to be strong as a man.
“My sister was a strong United fan. All of us grew up watching Manchester United, we all supported them.
“She always prayed I would sign for United. Even when she came to watch me in the Premier League playing for Watford she hoped I would join United.
“The painful part for me is that I now have signed for United, but she is not here to see it. However, I know she is up there watching me.
“That is why I am going to play with her name on my boots, so she is always with me at Old Trafford or in any game for Manchester United.
“Every goal I score from now until I finish my career will be dedicated to God and to her.
“It means she can feel me playing at Old Trafford, feel that dream we all prayed for, even though she is not here to see it. But she will be on my feet, assisting me on the pitch.”
Manchester United coachOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed that Ighalo will travel with his new teammates to Stamford Bridge and could be also featured.