Nathan Ake has revealed his father died just minutes after scoring his first Champions League goal on Wednesday night.
The Man City defender has been named in the starting lineup to face RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium.
Ake regained the lead after 16 minutes to get the ball rolling in their 6-3 win over the German side, opening the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side.
But the Netherlands international posted on social media on Thursday that his father sadly passed away moments after scoring.
Ake wrote on Instagram: “The last few weeks have been the most difficult of my life, my father has been very sick and there was no more treatment possible.
“I was fortunate to have a lot of support from my fiance, my family and my friends.
“Yesterday, after a difficult period, I scored my first goal in the Champions League, and only a few minutes after his peaceful passing with my mother and my brother by his side.
“Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy.
“I know you are always with me, you will always be in my heart and this was for you daddy.”
Ake joined Man City in a £ 41million deal with Bournemouth in 2020.
He only made 13 appearances in all competitions last season, in a winning campaign in the Premier League and the League Cup.
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