Years after taking a switch for greener pastures in England with Watford FC, Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is still very much being celebrated by his former Spanish team, Granada.
Ighalo was a special guest Sunday evening as Granada took on Real Madrid and the host narrowly lost 1-2.
Ighalo was presented on the pitch at the Los Carmenes stadium ahead of kick-off prior to their 2-1 La Liga defeat by Real.
The 26-year-old was greeted with thunderous applause from home supporters – who still cherish Ighalo who contributed a great deal in making them become a La Liga side.
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.