In recognition of his powerful display at Watford in the English Premier League and his contributions to the club during his days with them in the La Liga, Spanish club, Granada FC has honoured Super Eagles star, Odion Ighalo.
Ighalo was given a hero’s welcome by Granada, his former club as a special guest for their clash against Real Madrid on Sunday evening. The Nigerian goal poacher was presented on the pitch at the Los Carmenes Stadium just before the kick-off of their 2-1 La Liga defeat to Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old’s appearance was greeted with a rousing reception from the home supporters – who still remains a clear fan favourite despite his departure.
Ighalo was given this season’s Granada home shirt with his name and the No 7 on the back as a gift from the Spanish club who recognized his feats in their rise to Spain’s top flight.
In September, he and Watford team-mate Allan Nyom were immortalized in a ‘Promotion Heroes’ gate at the club’s Los Carmenes stadium.
Whilst on loan from Serie A outfit Udinese, Ighalo and Nyom became key members of the Granada squad which secured back-to-back promotions to La Liga after the Pozzo family’s investment in the club in 2009. The Pozzo family currently own Udinese, Granada and Watford.
Igahlo’s six goals guaranteed the club a 17th-place finish to help them avoid relegation from the Spanish top flight in the 2011-12 season.
Over the next two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14) he scored a further league seven goals in total as the club secured successive 15th-place finishes.
In July 2014, Ighalo moved to Watford on loan from Udinese before making that move a permanent one in October that year.
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