Nigerian-British football player Bukayo Ayoyinka T. M. Saka is one of the youngest players on the Arsenal Senior team player in the premier league history, here’s his biography:
Bukayo Saka was born 5 September 2001 is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger, left-back or central midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team. We take a deeper look into his biography; age, relationship, family, height etc
Bukayo was born in Ealing, Greater London to two Nigerian parents. His parents emigrated to London from Nigeria as economic migrants.
His parents left Nigeria before he was born to settle in London in search of better living and more opportunities for their unborn children.
While otehr footballers picked other heroes as their icons, Saka went with former Swedish and Arsenal legend, Freddie Ljungberg who was already a youth coach at the club.
Bukayo Saka is not in any known relationship and it is said he has chosen to focus on his career rather than opt for one.
Saka joined Arsenal’s Hale End academy at the age of seven. Once he turned 17 years old, Saka was given a professional contract by Arsenal and promoted to the under-23 side.
Saka scored his first senior goal on 19 September, curling a fine effort from long range into the corner away to German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League. He finished the match with two assists also to his name in a 3–0 win
On 1 July 2020, Saka signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. Head coach Mikel Arteta praised Saka and said: “I think he represents every value that this football club stands for. He has come through the academy, and earned his respect with hard work and accountability and you can see the progression that he is having as a player but as well as a person.”
Prior to joining Arsenal, Saka played youth football for local club Greenford Celtic.
During the Euro 2020 he had to take England’s fifth penalty during the subsequent shoot-out, his first penalty kick at senior level but he failed to take the shot leading to Italy’s win. The star now faced racist attacks online for missing the penalty. We wrote about it here: Euro 2020: Angry racist fans attack and abuse black England players over missed penalties
Saka played a pivotal role for Arsenal during the 2022–23 season, scoring some crucial goals as the Gunners aimed to win their first Premier League title since 2003–04. He made his 100th Premier League appearance in the 3–0 win at Bournemouth on 20 August 2022, becoming the second youngest Arsenal player to reach that milestone.
On 13 March, Saka won the Men’s Young Player of the Year award at the 2023 London Football Awards. He was voted Premier League Player of the Month for March 2023. This was the first time he had won the award, which made him the 22nd different Arsenal player to have won it.
Saka recently signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.
He plays as a winger, left-back or central midfielder for premier league club Arsenal and the England national team.
In an interview, Saka stated the importance of his father in his footballing career, “He’s a massive inspiration for me. From when I was young, he always kept me grounded, kept me humble.
Bukayo Saka Salary and Net Worth
|Net Worth||$2.2 Million|
Team – Arsenal
Position – winger, left-back, centrl midfielder
Number – 7
Nickname – Little Chilli
Weight – 65 kgs
Height 5ft 10 in. (1.78m)
Eye colour – brown
Professinal debut – 2018
Zodiac – Virgo
His name “Bukayo” originates from the Yoruba tribe located in southern Nigeria, meaning “adds to happiness.
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