Villarreal and Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze has responded to fans comparing him with former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben after making his international debut for Nigeria.
The 19-year-old’s skill and impressive left foot caught the eye after starting for the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s 0-0 friendly draw against Uganda in Asaba.
“Making my debut for Nigeria only completes a dream year in my professional life,” he told BBC Sport’s Shina Okeleji.
“I’ve played and scored for Villarreal this year, and I never expected to get a chance to get into the Super Eagles team, but everything is happening like a dream.
“Some people wait for several years to live a dream but I am grateful to Villarreal and Nigeria for making all my dreams happen in under a year.”
The Fifa under-17 World Cup winner with Nigeria in 2015, he has been likened to his hero and Bayern Munich’s former Netherlands international winger Arjen Robben.
“My friends started the whole Arjen Robben comparison because of my playing style and I consider him as my first football hero,” he added.
“I know there is still a lot for me to do to even come close to what he has achieved in football, so I am not getting carried away.
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