How Playing for Super Eagles Transformed My Life – Lookman

How playing for Super Eagles changed my life - Atalanta hero Lookman

Atalanta forward, Ademola Lookman, has shared how representing Nigeria has been pivotal in the positive changes he’s experienced in his life. The talented forward, who has been a standout performer for Atalanta this season, attributes much of his success to his time with the Super Eagles, as reported by Soccernet.ng.

Lookman’s remarkable form reached new heights on a memorable Wednesday night when Atalanta faced Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The German side, unbeaten in 51 games this season, faced a formidable challenge as Lookman took center stage. The 26-year-old forward dazzled with a stunning performance, scoring two goals in the first half and completing his hat-trick in the second half, leading Atalanta to a historic victory.

This hat-trick was not just any milestone; Lookman became the first player to score a hat-trick in the final of the Europa League. His heroics ensured that Atalanta secured their first European trophy in 60 years, etching his name in the club’s history.

Lookman’s journey with the Nigerian national team began in 2022 during a World Cup qualifier against Ghana. Since then, he has been embraced by Nigerian fans, whose unwavering support has been a driving force in his career. Lookman expressed his gratitude and how this support has been transformative for him both on and off the pitch.

“It’s incredible, I said this earlier in a few interviews. The support and the love I get back home from our people is unbelievable,” Lookman shared with Oma Akatugba. “It gives me the motivation to try to inspire myself, try to evolve in different areas of myself—not just in my game but me as a person also. I think it has taken me to a new level.”

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Competing in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) this January was a significant experience for Lookman. Although Nigeria fell short in the final, the tournament was a pivotal moment for the Super Eagles, reigniting their passion and receiving immense support from back home. “Competing in AFCON this January, unfortunately we lost in the final, but the whole tournament catapulted us as the Super Eagles back again, and we have the support from back home,” Lookman reflected.

Looking ahead, Lookman is eager to carry his exceptional form into Nigeria’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Benin and South Africa in late June. Despite being an underappreciated figure during the 2023 AFCON, his recent performances have set high expectations. Coach Finidi George and Nigerian fans alike are hopeful that Lookman can deliver once again and lead the Super Eagles to success.

In conclusion, Ademola Lookman’s journey with the Super Eagles has been a transformative experience, propelling his career to new heights and shaping him as a person. His story is a testament to the power of national pride and the profound impact of unwavering fan support. As he continues to shine for Atalanta and Nigeria, the future looks incredibly bright for this rising star.

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