Footballers from the Nigerian national team have been making us really proud over the years. One of the most talented Nigerian players is the forward Ahmed Musa, who has scored a huge number of goals for his club and the national team. If you enjoy watching this footballer play and defend Nigeria's honour on the pitch, you will probably also be interested in learning exciting facts about his life and career. Read this Ahmed Musa biography and learn interesting facts about your favourite player!
Musa, who currently plays for the Nigerian national team and the club “Al-Nassr” in Saudi Arabia, is one of the most professional footballers in the country. He has been playing soccer ever since he was a little boy.
Musa Ahmed has had a difficult background, but he never gave up, and finally, he reached his dreams of becoming a high-class soccer player and playing for the top clubs in Europe, as well as wearing the uniform of the Super Eagles. The man's biography will definitely inspire you to follow your dreams.
- Date of birth: 14th October 1992
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Height: 171cm
- Position: Forward
Ahmed Musa age
His actual age is 28 years (as of 2020), which is just the golden age for professional soccer players. He was born on October 14th, 1992 in Jos, Plateau State.
Ahmed Musa father
His father's name was Alhaji Musa. Even though Alhaji passed away when he was a young boy, his memory still lives on, as his famous son remembers him in interviews. He says that he would like for his dad to see him play, score goals and win trophies.
Ahmed Musa mother
The player's mother is a Christian who comes from Edo State. There were no religious differences in their family, and everyone got along well.
Her name is Sarah Moses, and she was Alhaji’s second wife. When her husband suddenly passed away, Sarah had to raise little Ahmed and his four older sisters on her own.
His mother has always been very supportive of him. She understood his football potential since it was discovered at the early stages of his life, and always encouraged him to become a professional player.
The player became the family’s breadwinner when his football career became more and more successful.
To this day, the soccer player and his family get along well. Unfortunately, one of his sisters passed away in 2013, which made him miss a Premier League match as he had to fly to his native land and commemorate her.
Sadly, his mother Sarah Moses passed away in a hospital in Abuja after intensive care on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
The Nigerian striker took to his official Instagram account on Wednesday, January 23 to post a picture of him and his mother with a heartwarming message as reports stated that she was in the hospital.
“I am sure being tucked in bed is not the best thing you know to do. All your children are waiting for you to get out of bed and say 'I am back in action'. Get well soon Sweet Mum!”
He then took to his official Twitter account on Thursday, January 24 to post a blank picture with a message which said,
" What a sad day of my life,just lose my mum "
The start of his career
The player started his football career in the streets when he had nothing but a ball and some friends who shared his love and passion for the game. Later, his skills were recognized and he started his training at the Aminchi Football Academy.
It was not easy – he had to go there six days a week, and he had to wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning to get there. But in the end, it was worth it, and his talent, as well as hard work, really shone.
The soccer player remembered that his friends gave him the nickname “Cristiano Ronaldo”, because he was a winger, and they noticed that he was also a fast player, like the Portuguese superstar.
Ahmed remembered that he was an Arsenal fan when he was growing up. The reason for his football preferences was the famous player Nwankwo Kanu, who was his inspiration. He confessed that Kanu was a role model and a hero for him. When he finally got to meet him in the national team, he was really happy.
To this day, the player and his childhood idol stay in contact and occasionally speak to each other. Musa says that Kanu always gives him valuable advice.
His club career
From 2008 to 2010, the Nigerian talent attended the GBS Football Academy, where his professional career started. His talent even got him featured in the local newspaper.
He kept playing football and training in the academy, and he soon got rewarded for his efforts. He was loaned to the club from Jos, JUTH F.C., in 2008. In this club, he played a total of 18 games, and he scored four goals in two seasons.
Eventually, he got loaned to another team – Kano Pillars F.C. He played for this team in the 2009-2010 season. He managed to set the record in the league by scoring a few important goals and helping the Pillars to finish second that year.
Until November 2011, he was an official Nigeria Premier League holder of the record for the highest number of goals scored in one season – there were 18 goals on his account. He later got beaten by Jude Aneke, the player from Kaduna United F.C., who managed to break his record by scoring 20 goals.
His next club was VVV-Venlo, which is a football club from the Netherlands. At first, he had to transfer there in summer 2010. However, there was something that held him down from joining the club immediately, and this was his age – he was only 17 at the time, and according to the rules of FIFA, he was not eligible for the international transfer.
Later, when he turned 18, he officially joined the club. Only a week after his arrival, Ahmed debuted for the VVV-Venlo club. He was in the starting eleven for the game against FC Groningen. In this game, he got fouled and got a penalty kick for his team.
He was very soon included in the official rating by Goal.com which listed top-100 of the young football players who the fans should keep an eye on in 2011. He also made it to Goal.com's Top Ten Nigerian Players Of 2010. He was also included in the list of 140 world’s best players by IFFHS.
In March 2011, the young talent received the national award from the AIT as the footballer of the year. This ceremony was organized at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and took place at the Presidential Hotel. This event was attended by many officials, including the President of Nigerian football federation, Aminu Maigari, and the BBC African footballer of the year award winner, Asamoah Gyan.
In April of the same year, the football director of VVV-Venlo club, Mario Captien, confirmed that the club was visited by the representatives of the English team Tottenham Hotspur, and there were discussions about their interest in Ahmed.
The scout of the Amsterdam club Ajax also said that their team expressed an interest in the Nigerian player. However, the decision was to be made by the footballer himself at the end of the football season.
There were some important moments in the player's career during his time at the VVV-Venlo football club. For instance, in May 2011, he contributed to the victory against Feyenoord Rotterdam, which ended all the fears of leaving the Eredivisie.
In August 2011, when Ahmed came back from the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011, which took place in Colombia, he appeared for the first time in the 2011-2012 season. It was a game against AFC Ajax, and in this match, he scored two goals.
Later, in September of that year, the chairman of VVV-Venlo, Hai Berden, revealed that their club had turned down a bid for Ahmed, which was last-minute and worth 10 million euros. This club, according to the official confirmation, was from the German Bundesliga, but the name of the club was kept in secret.
Ahmed fondly remembered the time that he got to spend in the Netherlands, as a player of VVV-Venlo football club. He said that it was an amazing experience, and laughed when he remembered one of his big games against Ajax. In that game, he not only scored twice but also gave the defender Daley Blind, who later played for Manchester United, a run for his money. This was such an intense battle, that the defender later got tired and had to be substituted.
In winter 2012, during the transfer window, it was announced that Ahmed signed with the Russian club CSKA Moscow. The fee for the transfer was undisclosed.
He spent four years in Russia, and his career in this club was quite successful. He scored the consolation goal during the 5-1 away loss to A.S. Roma in the Champions League of the season 2014/2015.
His good performances for CSKA Moscow earned him a new four-year contract, which he signed in June 2015. According to this contract, he had to stay in this club until the end of the season 2018/2019. He also became the 5th highest scorer in the 2015-2016 season of Russian Premier League.
The footballer officially became one of the seven players of age of 23 or younger, who have reached the double-figure amount of goals in each one of the latest two seasons in the seven top leagues of Europe.
Musa remembered that after his breakthrough performance at the Under-20 championship in 2011, a lot of English Premier League clubs tried to contact him, but he thought it was too soon for him to move to England. Therefore, he chose to sign with CSKA Moscow. He enjoyed his time in Russia, despite the severe weather conditions and the “crazy” language, which he had trouble learning.
Together with CSKA, he managed to win three Premier League titles, and also got the experience of playing in the Champions League. He spoke about the issue of racism, saying that Russians have made a lot of improvement in this field, and during his time in this country, he did not get involved in problematic situations too often.
He also expressed his gratitude to the coach of CSKA, Leonid Slutsky, who moved him to the position of the striker and was always encouraging him with kind words. Musa said that this coach was like a father to him, and has made him into who he is today.
In July 2016, Musa was signed by the Leicester City football club from England. His transfer was a record for the club, costing 16.6 million pounds.
According to Musa, his former childhood idol and good friend Nwankwo Kanu advised him to go to England, saying that he would enjoy his time there. His first goals for Leicester City were scored in the friendly game against Barcelona, which took place in the International Champions Cup 2016. Nonetheless, this game finished in a 4-2 loss for Leicester.
Musa debuted in the Premier League on August 13th, 2016. This was an opening game of the season against Hull City, where Leicester lost 2-1. His first Premier League goal, however, was scored in the winning game against Crystal Palace, which took place in October 2016. The game ended 3-1, and Musa scored the opening goal.
In general, during his time in Leicester, he managed to appear 21 times and scored two goals.
In January 2018, Musa came back to the CSKA Moscow football club. It was a loan from Leicester City, and he had to remain there for the rest of the 2017-2018 season. He appeared 10 times and succeeded in scoring six goals.
Today, Musa plays in Saudi Arabia, for the local club Al-Nassr. In August 2018, Al-Nassr signed him for the reported 14.5 million pounds.
His international career
The footballer got invited into Nigeria’s national football team for the first time in April 2010. Lars Lagerback, the coach from Sweden, was in charge of Super Eagles back then.
Prior to the FIFA World Cup 2010, which took place in South Africa, Musa helped Nigeria to win the WAFU Nations Cup 2010, by scoring a goal against the Benin team. During the same tournament, Musa scored an extra-time goal against Burkina-Faso, and this helped Nigeria to qualify for the finals. However, he later got an ankle injury and was forced to miss the upcoming World Cup because of it.
When he was only 17 years old, in 2010, the footballer debuted for the senior team of Nigeria during the qualification games for the Africa Cup of Nations 2012. He substituted John Obi-Mikel against Madagascar, and the team won 2-0. Ahmed Musa scored the debut goal for the national team when they played a friendly match against Kenya in March 2011.
The following month, he was chosen into the under-20 football team for representing Nigeria in the African youth championship qualification. Back then, he was still a player of VVV-Venlo, and the club made a statement about Musa having club commitments and not being available to participate in the tournament.
However, after negotiating with the Nigerian football federation, an agreement was reached between VVV-Venlo and the representatives of Musa. They agreed that it would be good for him to alternate between South Africa and the Netherlands. So, after the game against Ghana, the defending champions, the player won the award of the most valuable player and had to board the next flight to the Netherlands almost instantly.
The same year, in August, the player represented the U-20 Nigerian team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which took place in Colombia. The Nigerian player succeeded in scoring three goals in the five matches.
Because of his outstanding performance, the player got on the shortlist of FIFA’s ten candidates to receive the Adidas Golden Ball, the award which had to be given to the most valuable player of FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Apart from that, the footballer was also nominated for the Most Promising Talent award, organized by the Confederation of African Football. The award, however, was received by Souleymane Coulibaly from Cote d’Ivoire.
In light of Africa Cup of Nations 2013, the player was included in the 23-man squad of Super Eagles. He scored a goal in the semi-final against Mali, where Nigeria won 4-1. He also was a substitute in the final against Burkina-Faso, which the Nigerian team won.
This way, the footballer and his team won the continental title, which was the third in Nigeria’s history. This was a successful tournament for him, as he made appearances in the five out of six games. In the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, the player debuted in all the three group stage games of Nigeria, but the team was eliminated and did not advance to the knockout stage.
The footballer became a regular player in the 2014 qualifications for the World Cup, appearing in every match. The coach Stephen Keshi had called him to the squad for FIFA World Cup 2014.
In the final group stage match, where they played against Argentina and won 3-2, Musa scored two goals. Recalling this moment, the player said that he was walking off the pitch with Gonzalo Higuain's shirt, understanding that his life had completely changed. This was when his profile rose, and his football dreams started coming true. Nigeria finished second in their Group F and advanced to the knockout stage, where they lost to France 2-0.
Unfortunately, the footballer lost his former coach, Stephen Keshi, who passed away from a heart attack at only 54. It was extremely upsetting for him, and for a long time, he could not come to terms with this loss.
The footballer said that Stephen Keshi was one of the most influential people in his life and another father figure. He had been playing under his guidance for three years and a half. Musa only spoke to him two days before his death, and he did not sound like he was suffering an illness. Musa confessed that Nigeria and Africa had lost a coaching legend and a great man.
In May 2018, before the next World Cup, the player was included in the Nigerian squad for the tournament in Russia. The player played in the remarkable match against Iceland, which was the second game of their group.
He scored two goals, which became crucial, as the team won 2-0. However, this was not enough to qualify to the knockouts, as the Super Eagles lost to Argentina and were eliminated from the World Cup.
His charity initiatives
The footballer is a man who invests a lot in charity. Since he understands how difficult it is to become a professional footballer when you grew in a poor Nigerian neighborhood, he now uses his fame and influence to promote sports among Nigerians and ensure support for youth.
He often gives his money to poor people. There are photos on the Internet where he is seen distributing money to people in need during the holiday of Ramadan. He also helped to rescue more than 40 children who were captured in prison and shared a lot of rice and other foods with starving people.
Ahmed Musa marriages
The player has been married twice. His first marriage was to a woman named Jamila Musa. They had two children together, whose names are Ahmed Musa Jr (2013), and Halima Musa (2015). However, things did not work out between them, and they ended up divorcing each other. Jamila even accused Ahmed of domestic violence.
A lot of sources suggest that the real reason for their divorce was Ahmed being involved with another woman.
Apparently, this woman’s name was Juliet Ejue, and Ahmed has known her for a long time. She comes from Cross River State, even though she now lives in Lagos. After the divorce from his first wife Jamila, Ahmed focused on his relationship with Juliet, and they eventually got married.
In March 2017, the couple had their introduction ceremony, and in July 2017, they got officially married. Both looked incredibly happy at the wedding, and it seemed from their bright smiles like the marriage was long overdue.
Ahmed responded to critics who were judging his divorce with one wife and marriage to the other, saying that nobody is perfect, including them, and that they should mind their own business.
In 2018, Ahmed Musa wife Juliet delivered a healthy baby boy. The footballer revealed the news on Instagram, saying that he was blessed with happiness.
Their baby is called Ibrahim, and he is the cutest bundle of joy, which constantly makes his parents happy.
Ahmed Musa salary and net worth
The footballer currently plays for Al-Nassr, where he earns a weekly salary of 60,000 pounds and an annual salary of 16.5 million Euros. While playing for Leicester City FC, he earned an annual salary of about $3 million, on a weekly salary of $43,000 (N16.6 million).
According to carmart.ng, Ahmed Musa net worth is N3.8 billion.
This is all you needed to know about one of the most talented Nigerian footballers, Ahmed Musa. We hope everything will be good in his career and personal life.
He is praised for his incredible skills in dribbling and finishing, long shots, key passes, and the ability to play with both feet. This may have resulted from his early practice and love for street football and futsal from a very young age.