Kelechi Nwakali, born June 5, 1998, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder full of creativity, pace, and the ability to provide accurate passes. He was born and raised in the south-eastern region of Nigeria, where he began his footballing career before he later joined an academy.
Nwakali started his career at the Diamond Football Academy. After his excellent performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which he won the Golden Ball Award, English Premier League side Arsenal signed Nwakali.
Early Life and Career
Kelechi Nwakali was born and raised in Owerri, Imo State, where he grew up to pursue his football career.
Nwakali began his career at the Diamond Football Academy. After his fine display at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, he won the Golden Ball Award, which caught the attention of English Premier League side Arsenal, who signed the youngster.
On September 16, 2016, Nwakali signed for Eerste Divisie side MVV Maastricht on loan for the season, then went on to make his professional debut for the side the same day against Jong Ajax, coming on as a 92nd-minute substitute for Thomas Verheijdt as MVV won 1-0.
On August 29, 2017, Nwakali joined another Dutch side, VVV-Venlo, on loan for the first 6 months of the 2017-18 Eredivisie season. On September 10, 2017, Nwakali scored a stoppage time equalizer in a 1-1 draw to mark his Eredivisie debut against FC Groningen.
Nwakali signed a loan deal with FC Porto on July 18, 2018, and was assigned to Porto B ahead of the 2018-19 Liga Pro season. In March 2019, he was stuck in Nigeria due to issues with his visa.
On September 2, 2019, Nwakali joined Spanish Segunda División side SD Huesca on a three-year deal. After leaving the club, he thanked Arsenal for his time with them, despite not making a first-team appearance.
Kelechi Nwakali Net Worth
Kelechi Nwakali has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. The talented Nigerian footballer and former Arsenal midfielder earned money through his contracts.
There have been rumors regarding the personal life of Kelechi Nwakali. However, the footballer is not yet married and has not disclosed any information regarding his relationship.
Nwakali is only focusing on his career, working hard to play in top European leagues and dreaming of playing for Europe’s elite clubs.