Netherlands and Manchester City defender, Nathan Ake has revealed he suffered a devastating personal loss after he scored his first Champions League goal on Wednesday night, September 15.
According to Ake, his father died moments after he scored, following a battle with cancer.
Ake was named in Manchester City’s starting line up for City’s first Champions League group stage fixture of the 2021-22 campaign against RB Leipzig.
He quickly scored the opening goal after just 16 minutes as the match ended 6-3.
But after the match he was told but that his father Moise Ake had passed away.
Taking to social media, Ake said he has joy that at least his father (pictured bottom left) watched his historic goal feat before his death.
“I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you, dad,” The 26-year-old 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.”
Ake completed a £41 million move to City from Bournemouth in August 2020, and has since made 16 appearances across all competitions for the club, scoring two goals.