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Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze (born 22 May 1999) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a winger.

Samuel Chukwueze
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Chukwueze with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze
Date of birth (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Umuahia, Nigeria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 30
Youth career
Future Hope
New Generation Academy
2012–2017 Diamond Football Academy
2017–2018 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Villarreal B 13 (2)
2018– Villarreal 16 (3)
National team
2015 Nigeria U17 7 (3)
2018– Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:44, 7 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018


Early life and educationEdit

Chukwueze was born in Umuahia Abia state. He is of Igbo descent and was brought up in a Christian family with a younger brother and a younger sister. He attended Government College Umuahia and Evangel Secondary School. He started playing football at the age of 8 and he admired Jay-Jay Okocha as his football idol growing up. He has been mentored by Hon. Victor Apugo whom he saw as a father, as stated in his earlier interview.[1][2]

Samuel Chukwueze with Nwakali U17 World Cup MVP award with Hon. Victor Apugo and Kelechi Nwakali with Samuel's U17 World 2015 Chile Most Valuable Player Award

Club careerEdit

Born in Amaokwe Ugba Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State,[3] Chukwueze joined Villarreal CF's prolific youth setup in 2017, from local side Diamond Football Academy.[4] After being initially assigned to the club's Juvenil A squad, he made his senior debut with the reserves on 15 April 2018, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Lozano in a 1–1 Segunda División B away draw against CE Sabadell FC.

Chukwueze scored his first senior goal on 20 May 2018, netting his team's second in a 3–1 away defeat of Bilbao Athletic. He contributed with two goals in 11 appearances during his first season, as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs.

Chukwueze made his first-team debut on 20 September 2018, replacing Nicola Sansone in a 2–2 home draw against Rangers, for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.[5] He also made his league debut on 5 November 2018, playing a 90-minute full play in a 1–1 home draw against Levante, for the 2018–19 La Liga.

In April 2019 he won the Nigeria Football Federation's 2018 Young Player of the Year award.[6]

International careerEdit

After playing for Nigeria at under-17 level, he received his first call-up to the senior team in October 2018.[7] He made his debut for the Nigerian senior team on 20 November 2018 as a starter in a 0–0 friendly draw against Uganda.[8][9]

In May 2019 Chukwueze was invited to represent Nigeria's senior team at the Africa Cup of Nations and the Under-20 team at the Under-20 World Cup. However, club side Villarreal said he could only play in one of the tournaments.[10]

Playing styleEdit

He has been compared to Arjen Robben because of his tremendous dribbling skills.[11]



  • U17 World Cup Chile 2015[12]


  • FIFA U17 World Cup Chile : Bronze Boot : 2015[12]
  • DFA: Most Influential Player of the year: 2016[13]
  • MCL Cup: Most Valuable Player :2016[14]


  1. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Biography (Exclusive Interview)". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2016-09-03. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  2. ^ Naijagood TV (2016-09-14), Samuel Chukwueze Interview, retrieved 2018-11-07
  3. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Biography (Exclusive Interview)". Diamond Football Academy. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze signs 5 years Contract with Villarreal FC". Diamond Football Academy. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze makes Villarreal debut in Rangers stalemate". 20 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "'Motivated' Samuel Chukwueze wins award ahead of Osimhen and Onyekuru". 2 April 2019 – via
  7. ^ "Injury forces Francis Uzoho to withdraw from Nigeria squad". 6 November 2018 – via
  8. ^ "Nigeria v Uganda game report". ESPN. 20 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: Youngster says Nigeria debut fulfils a dream". 22 November 2018 – via
  10. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: Villarreal winger facing Nigeria dilemma". 7 May 2019 – via
  11. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: The Nigerian who wants to be like Arjen Robben". 15 November 2018 – via
  12. ^ a b "FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 - Matches - Mali - Nigeria -". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  13. ^ "Awardees at DFA End of Year Party". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  14. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Turns 18 today". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2018-11-01.

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