Ex Golden Boy Of Nigerian Football Chrisantus Explains Shock Move To Spanish Division Three Side


Former U17 World Youth Championship top scorer Macauley Chrisantus has explained the reason why he settled for Spanish third division side Real Murcia after terminating his contract with Greek top flight side Lamia.


Chrisantus joined Real Murcia as a free player on a short term contract during the January transfer window after mutually terminating his contract with Greek side Lamia, just three months after joining them.

In a chat with Owngoalnigeria.com, the 27 year old who represented Spanish second division side Reus last season explained his move to the team as divine, because at this stage of his career he needs to once again earn the respect of top teams in Europe.

” It was a tough decision but at the end I have to agree to the move as it will enable me the chance to once again relaunch my career especially in Spain, where I am known and respected “, Chrisantus told Owngoalnigeria.com.

” Murcia are an ambituous side, they are 4th on the log and eyeing promotion to the second division, and while I am open to staying here for the long haul, my immediate aim is to earn the respect of top teams around Europe.

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” I was severely embarrassed when some teams asked me to come for trials. Hence I decided to join Murcia to prove them wrong. Also I have not played lot of games the past few years you know”, he concluded.

The Nigerian has struggled since leaving Spanish side Las Palmas three years ago for Sivasspor of Turkey. A move which didn’t work out as planned with his contract terminated after the sacking of coach Roberto Carlos, who brought him to the club.

He joined Greek second division side AEK Athens and despite scoring 8 goals and firing them to promotion to the top division. Coach Roberto Di Matteo who joined the team after the gained promotion declared him surplus to requirements.

Since then he has found it hard to make a breakthrough at the various clubs he has represented and his move to Murcia could be the last hope to rescue his once promising career, which saw him play for German Bundesliga side Hamburg after finishing as top scorer at the U17 World Youth Championship.

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