The Dutch central defender opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s facet of their pulsating nine-goal thriller towards RB Leipzig on Wednesday night time and he has devoted the goal to his late father
Manchester City Nathan Ake has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his father whom he revealed handed away moments after the defender’s Champions League goal.
The Dutch defender opened the scoring in City’s thrilling 6-3 win over RB Leipzig of their opening Champions League group stage encounter on Wednesday night time.
Ake powered dwelling a header on a uncommon begin for Pep Guardiola’s facet on a busy night time, through which his facet shipped three targets however ran out comfy winners towards the Bundesliga outfit.
The 26-year-old has since posted an emotional replace on his social media account stating “this one was for you dad” as he revealed his father handed away in the course of the match.
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The defender had just lately withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for the current World Cup Qualifier towards Turkey with it understood that this was attributable to his father being terminally sick.
The former Chelsea and Bournemouth defender left the squad for personal causes after being an unused substitute for each the draw towards Norway and victory over Montenegro for Louis van Gaal’s facet.
Wednesday night time’s goal was Ake’s first within the competitors and simply his second for City, whom he joined from the Cherries in a deal within the area of £40million final year.
Ake wrote on his Instagram account: “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 fiance, family and friends.
“Yesterday after a tough time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only some minutes after he handed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his facet.
“Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy. I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you dad.”
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It was Ake’s second begin of the season for Guardiola’s facet, having additionally been included within the beginning line-up for the opening day of the marketing campaign – a 1-0 loss at Tottenham, and the Community Shield defeat towards Leicester.
The Dutchman has change into the fourth-choice central defender on the Premier League champions with the common duo of Ruben Dias and John Stones retaining him out of the facet, together with Aymeric Laporte.
Ake made simply 10 Premier League appearances for Guardiola’s facet final marketing campaign – 9 of which had been from the beginning – whereas his two Champions League appearances that season got here in dwelling group stage wins over Olympiakos and Marseille respectively.
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