Chukwueze reaches Villareal milestone

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After making his 100th appearance for Villareal on Tuesday night, Samuel Chukwueze has broken a long-standing record at the club. 

At the tender age of 21 years, seven months and 11 days, the winger became Villareal’s youngest-ever footballer to reach a century of appearances in the black and yellow colours of the Spanish club.

  

The Nigerian started and played 63 minutes as the La Liga side defeated fourth tier side Zamora 4-1 in the Spanish Copa del Rey to progress to the next round of the competition.

To celebrate this special day, the attacker started the party with a beautiful assist for the first goal of the night which was scored by Colombian striker, Carlos Bacca. Three more goals from Danni, Fernando Nino and Yeremi Pino completed the victory for the ‘Yellow Submarine’. 

This record was previously held by Argentinian defender Mateo Masacchio who reached the milestone at 21 years, 11 months and 20 days. In a statement released by the club on Tuesday evening, he was honoured for his achievement. 

“A record-making centenarian. Samuel Chukwueze has reached 100 games with Villarreal’s first team after starting the Copa del Rey game against Zamora CF,” read the statement.

“The Nigerian forward has reached the 100-game mark (79 in La Liga, 13 in the Europa League and eight in the Copa del Rey), aged just 21 years, seven months and 11 days, becoming the youngest player to reach this mark in official games for the Villarreal CF first team,” concluded the statement.

 

It has been a good journey for the winger who moved to Spain in 2018 after initially bursting into the scene with Nigeria’s U17 and U20 national teams.

At international level Chukwueze made his debut in 2018 and went on to feature in 17 national team games including making his debut in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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