Interesting facts about football legend Victor Wanyama
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Growing up, our parents looked up to the likes of Pele, JJ Okocha, Maradona, Kadenge, Kano, and Zidane. As time went on, new stars were born and history made. For Victor Wanyama, being the first Kenyan to play in the English Premier League was a dream come true. As you celebrate his numerous achievements, here are a few facts about the Kenyan footballer.
Victor Wanyama has become a household name in Kenya and internationally. is a professional football player who plays for the English club, Tottenham Hotspurs, and the Kenya national side, Harambee stars. Victor Mugubi attended Kamkunji High School in Nairobi, where his footballing journey kicked off. To date, his career growth has been admirable.
Here are 12 interesting facts about this great footballer from Kenya
Sporting talent most certainly runs in Victor Wanyama family. His father, Noah Wanyama was a footballer and played for AFC leopards in the 1980s. Victor is the younger brother to Kenyan professional footballer McDonald Mariga. He currently has no club but played for several European clubs including Inter Milan. Thomas and Sylvester Wanyama, his other brothers, are also footballers and play in the Kenyan Premier League. Victor's sister, Mercy is a professional basketball player in the US.
Victor played at JMJ Youth Academy before joining Kenyan Premier League side, Nairobi City Stars and later AFC Leopards.
Victor is a defensive midfielder and captains Harambee Stars. He debuted for the Kenyan National team at age 15. Wanyama has 52 appearances and five goals for Harambee stars.
where he played till he returned to Kenya in early 2008. He then joined Beerschot AC in summer 2008 and played for the club until 2011. On 9th July 2011, Scottish Premier League side, Celtics signed Wanyama on a four-year contract. Wanyama became the first Kenyan player to play in the Scottish premier league. He later achieved the same feat when he joined English Premier League side Southampton in July 2013. In 2016, he signed a five-year contract with London club, Tottenham Hotspurs for a fee of £11 million. Wanyama has made 47 appearances for the London club and scored five times. He is actively involved in charity and organizes football competitions for young players in Kenya.
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Victor's magnificent strike against Liverpool in February 2018 earned him the Carling Goal of the Month recognition.
Over the years, football fans have given Victor different nicknames. . Within the English fans circles, some call him Big Vic. His 2012 tweet about liking Spaghetti made some call him the King of Spaghetti. In Kenya, fans refer to Victor as the Lion of Muthurwa.
Wanyama's net worth was an estimated £7 million in 2017. With his salary however and several endorsements, Victor is worth much more. Victor has a boot deal with Addidas.
Wanyama earns £70,000 per week. Victor Wanyama's salary shocked many Kenyans but most certainly inspired many young footballers and reminded them that hard work pays.
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