Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo says he is a fulfilled football player, after his lifelong dream of playing for Manchester United became reality.
Ighalo, who has not featured for the club this year, also revealed he is open to joining America’s football league, the MLS and even namedropped David Beckham’s Inter Miami as a possible destination as he beats the end of his Manchester United contract.
The 31-year-old scored five goals for United in the second half of the 2020-19 campaign, despite mainly being used as a substitute.
On his time at Old Trafford, he said to ESPN :
“It was a good one and a tough one, before I came to United I never thought I would play”.
“I’m a Reds fan.
“If you ask anybody where I grew up, we fight because of Manchester United. We quarrel and argue. So when my team didn’t do well they would start to insult and argue with me and I cried. I can tell you I’m the happiest man on earth for my dream to come true, I fulfilled my dream.
“I remember the night my agent called me to tell me Manchester United wanted me, it was 10 or 11pm. Shanghai time. I was under my bed naked, I didn’t sleep until daybreak.
“I don’t care about a pay cut, I just want go to Manchester United because this is my dream. I was under my bed shivering and walking around my room and I did not sleep until 6am.
“I’m fulfilled as a football player, if I don’t achieve anything from now when I finish my career I am fulfilled.”