Manchester City’s Nathan Ake revealed on Thursday that his father passed away moments after the Dutch international scored his first Champions League goal.
Ake opened the scoring in the 16th minute of Wednesday’s 6-3 defeat to RB Leipzig.
However, the 26-year-old’s golden moment was tinged with sadness after his father Moise, who was believed to be suffering from a terminal illness, died shortly after.
“The past few weeks have been the hardest of my life. My father was very ill and there was no treatment available,” Ake wrote on Instagram.
“Yesterday I scored my first Champions League goal after a difficult time and just minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mother and brother by his side.
“Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy. I know you’re always with me, you’ll always be in my heart and this one was for you, father.”