Nathan Ake has revealed that his father passed away just minutes after he scored his first goal in Champions League. Tragically, for the Manchester City defender, on Wednesday, just minutes after his first Champions League goal, Ake’s father died.
Ake, 26, scored the game’s first goal 16 minutes into the match at Etihad Stadium.
In doing so, he helped Manchester City win 6-3 over RB Leipzig (football results). Not only this, he also became the 10th different player to score in a City shirt this season.
However, Nathan Ake’s well-earned celebration ended in some heartbreaking news – mere minutes after he scored, elsewhere, his father passed away.
Minutes after His First Champions League Goal, Ake’s Father Died
Nathan Ake announced on social media on Thursday that, after his City scored, his father, Moise, died, later that evening.
“I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you, dad,” he wrote on Instagram.
Ake went on to write: “The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life, my dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible. I was lucky to have a lot of support from my fiancé, family and friends.
“Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side.
“Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy.”
Ake, who started his career at Chelsea, has made 16 appearances for Manchester City since joining from Bournemouth. Then, he moved to City for £40 million in the summer of 2020.
He has also earned 22 international caps for his national team, the Netherlands, since making his international debut in 2017.