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Nathan Ake’s father died post his first Champions League goal

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake lost his father minutes after he scored his first Champions League goal. The 26-year-old Ake scored the tournament’s first goal in the 16th minute of the football match during City’s 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig at Etihad Stadium. Nathan Ake’s father died just minutes after the Manchester City defender scored his first Champions League goal on Wednesday.

On Thursday Ake took to social media to announce the news that 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.

“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.”

Nathan Ake started his senior football career with Chelsea joining the club in 2012. In 2016 he moved to AFC Bournemouth on loan but later signed a permanent contract. Ake arrived at Manchester City in the summer of 2020 and has made 16 appearances since joining from Bournemouth for £40 million. He has also earned 22 caps for the Netherlands since making his debut in 2017.

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