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Ademola Lookman, the talented footballer born in England to Nigerian parents, has captured the attention of football enthusiasts worldwide with his remarkable journey through the sport. From his early days at Charlton Athletic’s academy to his current exploits on the international stage, Lookman’s prowess on the pitch has earned him both admiration and accolades.

With notable achievements, he continues to showcase his exceptional talent and dedication to the game. Join us as we uncover the story of Ademola Lookman, a rising star in the world of football.

Ademola Lookman biography

Ademola Lookman celebrating a win for Nigeria

Ademola Lookman, born on October 20, 1997, is a footballer currently with Italy’s Atalanta. He was born in England but represents Nigeria in international matches. His parents are Nigerians and he attended St Thomas the Apostle College in Peckham.

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Ademola Lookman career

Lookman kicked off his football journey with Charlton Athletic’s academy in 2014, switching from his local club, Waterloo, in Lambeth. He quickly rose through the ranks thanks to his knack for finding the back of the net, making his first-team debut on November 3, 2015, for Charlton.

Not long after, he bagged his debut goal against Brighton & Hove Albion on December 5, 2015, and followed it up with a brace against Bolton Wanderers 10 days later.

Moving on, Lookman sealed a deal with Everton on January 5, 2017, for an undisclosed sum, reportedly starting at £7.5m and potentially rising to £11m with bonuses. His first appearance for Everton was a memorable one, scoring in a 4–0 victory over Manchester City. He also made his European debut, helping Everton secure a 1–0 win against MFK Ružomberok.

Despite initial plans to keep Lookman at Everton, he went on loan to Derby County in the Championship in January 2018. However, he opted for a move to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga instead, making an instant impact by scoring the winner in his debut match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

After a stint back at RB Leipzig, Lookman returned to Everton in 2019 before heading to Fulham on loan in 2020, where he notched his first Premier League goal against Sheffield United. His journey continued with a loan move to Leicester City in 2021, where he debuted against Manchester City and later clinched victory over Liverpool with a crucial goal.

Finally, Lookman made a switch to Serie A side Atalanta in 2022 and marked his debut with a goal against Sampdoria. He subsequently impressed with consistent performances in January 2023.

International career

Lookman, born in England to Nigerian parents, had the option to represent either country internationally. He received his first international call-up for England’s U19 squad and later played in the European U19 Championships.

In 2017, Lookman played a key role in England’s U20 team during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring crucial goals in the tournament and helping England secure victory in the final against Venezuela. He later received call-ups for England’s U21 team, making his debut and contributing to a goal against the Netherlands under-21s.

Despite initial approaches from Nigeria’s national coach, Lookman opted to remain with England. However, after several rejections, he eventually switched his allegiance to Nigeria in January 2020.

FIFA approved Lookman’s request to play for Nigeria in February 2022 and he made his debut for the Nigerian national team in March 2022, participating in World Cup qualification matches against Ghana.

Lookman was then included in Nigeria’s squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where he made a significant impact by scoring crucial goals in the round of 16 and quarter-final matches.

Honours

  • LFE Apprentice of the Year in the Championship: 2015–16 season.
  • The FIFA U-20 World Cup (England): 2017.
  • Atalanta Player of the Season: 2022–23 season.

Ademola Lookman stats

Ademola Lookman celebrating a goal for his club

According to reports, Lookman has played a total of 256 games in his career, with 57 goals and 29 assists.

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Ademola Lookman’s net worth

According to reports, Lookman has an estimated net worth of $19 million (£14 million).

Ademola Lookman family

There is limited information about Lookman’s family in the public domain.

Ademola Lookman age

Lookman was born on October 20, 1997. He is currently 26 years old and will turn 27 in 2024.

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Ademola Lookman chilling

Ademola Lookman has an active social media presence on Instagram, with 396,000 followers as of the time of writing this piece.

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