Nathan Ake revealed that his father passed away moments after he scored for Manchester City in the Champions League. The defender scored the opener in their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig. This was his first goal in the Champions League and only his second goal for the club. He later took to Instagram with the message “this one was for you dad”.

“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 fiance, family, and friends.” Manchester City defender Nathan Ake said. “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. I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you dad.”

Ake withdrew from the Netherlands squad for their recent World Cup qualifier against Turkey after the news that his terminally ill father could not receive any more treatment

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