Odion Ighalo has revealed he used to hold back some of his lunch money as a child in order to save up and watch Manchester United play at the weekend.
Speaking on UTD Podcast, the Reds forward made the incredible revelation that he often went hungry during the week, in order to watch his heroes play on a Saturday or Sunday.
Ighalo explained that many Nigerians would pay to watch football matches in local viewing centres, something he learned from a young age while growing up in a United-obsessed house.
“I grew up in an area where everyone watched Premier League football. You either supported Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea back then,” said the Reds’ no.25.
“In my house, my brothers, my late sister, they supported Manchester United. I was very young and I didn’t know a lot about football, so when they went to watch the game they would come back and you would see they would be arguing.
“When I grew up, my brother started taking me to the viewing centre to watch Manchester United. That’s how I fell in love with the team, watching Manchester United playing week in, week out.”
The striker recalled that he had to make an incredible sacrifice most weeks to see Sir Alex Ferguson’s men play.
“I had to save money,” he recounted. “Before you go to school, my mum would leave me some money if I wanted to eat lunch. From Monday I was saving my money because I wanted to watch Manchester United.
“I split it in two. Even though I would use part of the money for lunch, I would save some of the money because the weekend is coming. Sometimes you would be feeling hungry because you don’t eat properly, but you don’t want to miss the game at the weekend.”