- Christmas Day remains one of the most iconic days in the calender
- It is marked with the birth of Jesus Christ as Christians celebrate across the globe
- Emmanuel Amuneke, Ogenyi Onazi are among notable Nigerian stars who were born on December 25
December 25th of every year is celebrated across the world by Christian faithful who commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on the day - also known as Christmas Day.
The annual festival is seen as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world including Nigeria.
As the birth of Jesus is being celebrated around the world, some Nigerian footballers also share same date of birth with Christ.
Here are three Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas Day.
1. Emmanuel Amuneke:
Born on December 25, 1970, somewhere in Imo state, the ex-international till today is arguably Super Eagles best left winger ever.
He donned the national colours between 1993 and 2001 scoring 9 goals in 27 matches. He scored two great goals at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA – one against Bulgaria and the other against Italy in the second round.
He was voted the 1994 African footballer of the year after helping Nigeria to win the Nations Cup in Tunisia that same year.
His last minute strike against Argentina helped Nigeria claim gold in football at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.
The retired player is now a coach.
2. Ogenyi Onazi
The SønderjyskE of Denmark central midfielder was born on December 25, 1992.
The started playing on the streets of Jos and in 1998 his football skills attracted local coaches around. In no time, he was offered to play with some academies in the city.
He later moved to Lagos and from there his career blossomed. He has featured for Nigeria at the U17, U20 and senior team level.
3. Chioma Ajunwa
Originally a football player who represented the Super Falcons at the 1991 Womens' World Cup, Chioma was born on December 25, 1970.
She is Nigeria’s first and still the only athlete to win an individual gold medal at an Olympic event where she claimed that of long jump at the Atlanta games.
She is a member of the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a Merry Christmas message to his over 248 million followers.
The five-time Ballon was dressed in matching green and red outfits alongside the forward's last born while his first three kids donned similar red tops.
Posed in front of a well-decorated Christmas tree in a space that looks like their living room, the Juventus forward and his family wore beautiful smiles while taking pictures.
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