Ighalo gets heroic welcome at Granada

Super Eagles and Watford striker Odion Ighalo received a heroic welcome by former club Granada, before the club’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid Sunday evening.

Ighalo, who was the special guest of honour, was presented on the pitch ahead of the Madrid match at the Los Carmenes stadium.

The 26-year-old’s appearance was greeted with a rousing reception from the home supporters – who still remains a clear fan favourite despite his departure.

Ighalo was given this season’s Granada home shirt with his name and the No 7 on the back as a gift from the Spanish club who recognised his feats in their rise to Spain’s top flight.

In September, he and Watford team-mate, Allan Nyom, were immortalised in a ‘Promotion Heroes’ gate at the club’s Los Carmenes stadium.

Whilst on loan from Serie A outfit Udinese, Ighalo and Nyom became key members of the Granada squad which secured back-to-back promotions to La Liga after the Pozzo family’s investment in the club in 2009. The Pozzo family currently own Udinese, Granada and Watford.

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