I rejected Barca to save my career – Ighalo

Former Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has given reasons for shunning Barcelona for Shanghai Shenhua when he had the opportunity to join the Spanish club in January.

He said this while reacting to responses from his fans on social media on Thursday.

When one of the fans asked, “Why didn’t you take the Barca job when it came? You’ve been rocking their shirt from way back senior man,” Ighalo replied, “(It is) because I think about my future brother, six months loan and three years contract, which is better?

“That was why I said few days ago that happiness is a choice but some people didn’t get it; I was smiling then without anything. Everything in life is possible, trust me.”

The retired Super Eagles striker also narrated how he grew from nothing to becoming someone in life.

He tweeted, “I was born in a ghetto in Ajegunle with nothing. I work hard to be where I’m today and with the Grace of God. You can do it too, don’t give up. Impossible is nothing.”

He called time on his international career in July following the Super Eagles’ third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was also awarded the Golden Boot after scoring five goals in Egypt.

Ighalo has played in Norway, Italy, Spain and England.
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