Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa

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Ahmed Musa is a professional football player. Currently, he plays his club football in Europe for the Russian division 1 club, CSKA Moscow, having risen through the ranks at local clubs in his country.

Early life and Childhood

Ahmed Musa was born on the 14th of October 1992 in the city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria to Alhaji Musa and Sarah Moses. He is of Libra birth sign and currently is 28 years old. His father was Muslim originally from the northern Nigerian state of Borno. And his mother, who was his father’s second wife, is a Christian from Edo State. He has 4 sisters.

Musa’s mother raised him and his sisters after his father’s death. As a young boy Ahmed spent a lot of time playing football, the game he loved and enjoyed. And also as a kid, his dream was to become a professional football player.

In January 2019, his biggest inspiration and a key figure in his life, his mother Sarah Moses passed away due to an illness.

Ahmed in the field

Caption: World Cup 2018: Ahmed Musa creates history for Nigeria vs Iceland. source: THISDAYLIV

Education

Ahmed Musa joined the Saint Peace Primary School. He later joined the Ihya’ul Islamic Secondary School. Therefore, he got his soccer education at the GBS Football Academy.

Professional Life

In 2008, he attended the GBS Football Academy, where his performances caught the attention of Nigerian clubs. After a year, Musa joined JUTH FC where he played 18 games and scored 4 goals. Next year, in 2010, he joined Kano Pillars where his rise to fame started.

His performance in 2009/10 season was the one which earned him a spot in Nigeria’s 2010 WAFU National Cup squad, where he played a crucial part for his team winning the cup.

After another impressive performance, he got into the senior squad. Unfortunately, an injury stopped him from playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After that campaign, Musa took his talents abroad to join the Dutch Eredivisie football club VVV-Venlo. He had to wait a few months to feature for the club because he had not turned 18.

Career after turning 18

As soon as he turned eighteen, Musa created his debut in a match against FC Groningen. Eventually, his team a penalty kick which helped his team to a victory on his debut day. Musa was lauded by local and international pundits during that campaign, prompting speculation that he might make a big-money move to either England or Germany.

He helped Nigeria to win the 2011 African Youth Championship. He was a most valuable player, then the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he was shortlisted for the tournaments Golden Ball. In his 1st season with the new team, Musa won the league cup and also the Russian Premier League. It was the first league title for CSKA Moscow after 6 long years.

In 2013, he helped Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations and had his justifiable share of involvement in the 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Musa notably scored twice in a group match against Argentina, making him the primary Nigerian to attain such an accomplishment.

Fast forward to 2016, Musa moved from CSKA Moscow to Leicester for a club-record fee of nineteen.5 Million. In January 2018, Musa was loaned back to CSKA Moscow for four months to get much-needed game time previous his country’s participation within the World Cup.

Nigeria team

Caption: Nigeria to face Libya in U23 AFCON qualifier
source: pulse.ng

By January 2017, he was yet to register an assist for the club, offering an average of 0.5 key passes, 0.3 crosses and 1.2 successful dribbles per game. He returned to CSKA Moscow on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season on 30 January 2018,.

On 4 August 2018, he relocated to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr on a permanent deal. On 17 June 2020, he entered the Kerala blasters.

International career

On 5 August 2010, he made his debut for the Nigeria senior team in a qualification match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations against Madagascar at the age of 17. He came on as a replacement for John Obi Mikel in a 2–0 win. He scored his first goal for the Super Eagles in a March 2011 friendly against Kenya.

In April 2011, he included in the Nigerian national under-20 football team squad to serve the nation in the 2011 African Youth Championship qualifiers. He represented Nigeria U20 in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Colombia in August 2011. Likewise, he scored three goals in five matches. He even got included by FIFA in a shortlist of 10 candidates for the Adidas Golden Bal and got awarded as the most outstanding player of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

On 7 December 2011, he became one of the four nominees named for the Confederation of African Football Most Promising Talent Award. Then he entered into Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. There he scored in a 4–1 semi-final defeat of Mali and performed as a substitute against Burkina Faso in the final, as the Super Eagles won their fifth continental title. Overall he made an appearance in five of the team’s six matches. He started in all three of the team’s matches as they were eliminated in the group stage at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup,.

Relationship Status

Ahmed Musa was married to Jamila Musa with whom he has a son, Ahmed Musa jr, and a daughter, Hamila Musa. But the marriage didn’t last long and the pair separated in 2017. Not long after Ahmed Musa got married once more, this time to Juliet Ejue. In July 2017, they got officially married. And in 2018, they had a son, Ibrahim Musa.

Ahmed with his family

Caption: Family Photo of Ahmed Musa, Children, and Wife Juliet
source: Nairaland Forum

Body Structure

He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 62kg. Black is his hair color and Dark Brown is his eye color.

Net Worth and Social Media

Musa’s Net Worth estimates at around $18 million and currently earns an annual salary of over $3 million.

Ahmed has a huge social media fan base with more than 651K followers on Instagram and more than 207K on Twitter.