After Dele Alli’s heroics for Tottenham Hotspurs in yesterday’s clash against Chelsea, scoring a brace to end Chelsea’s winning streak, he has been on the lips of every Premier League follower. But many Nigerians may not be aware that the boy is of Nigerian descent. Here are five things about the lad that you probably didn’t know:
- Bamidele Alli could one day be king in Nigeria. His father revealed in an exclusive chat with Daily Star that Dele is a prince through birth. At the age of nine, he moved to Nigeria to live with his dad, Kenny Alli, after his parent split
- Dele loved football so much that he only agreed to go to school if he was promised he would play football afterwards.
- His father who lives in America wanted to relocate him to the States, but the move didn’t work out because football (soccer) was relatively not a big sport in United States.
- The speed of Dele Alli’s rise has been ridiculous. He was a relatively unknown player. He had just played for MK Dons a year prior to signing for Tottenham. Now he’s not just a regular in the Spurs midfield – he is a pillar for both club and country.
- Dele Alli turned down the chance to play for Nigeria when he was courted by the NFF through former England international, John Fashanu.
Now that you know these five things about Dele, always think Made-In-Nigeria when you see him in the colours of Spurs and England.