Macauley Chrisantus

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Macauley Chrisantus
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Macauley Chrisantus in 2014
Personal information
Full name Macauley 'Makis' Chrisantus
Date of birth (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Abuja, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
0000–2007 Hearts of Abuja
2007–2008 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Hamburger SV II 12 (4)
2008–2012 Hamburger SV 0 (0)
2009–2011 Karlsruher SC (loan) 47 (11)
2011–2012 FSV Frankfurt (loan) 26 (8)
2012–2014 Las Palmas 67 (20)
2014–2015 Sivasspor 8 (1)
2015–2016 AEK Athens 24 (7)
2016– Reus 0 (0)
National team
2007 Nigeria U17 7 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:10, 8 November 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March 2010

Macauley "El Palton" Chrisantus (born 20 August 1990 in Abuja) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club CF Reus Deportiu.[1]


Chrisantus joined Hamburg in 2007 from Abuja F.C.,[1] after attracting offers from several major European clubs, probably due to his contribution to Nigeria's World Junior Cup win that year as the highest goal scorer and second best player of the tournament.[2] In summer 2009, he was loaned to Karlsruher SC for the 2009–10 season, but on 15 April 2010, KSC extended the loan deal for another year.[3]

On 21 July 2014, Chrisantus signed a three-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor after his two successful year at Las Palmas in Spain.

In January 2015, Chrisantus signed with Greek Side AEK Athens FC on an 18 months deal with an option of a further two years based on performance. On 4 October 2015, in the sixth day of the Greek Super League with eight minutes left he netted his first and winning goal against Atromitos F.C. after converting from close range.[4] After being linked to a possible release in January,[5] he only left the club at the end of the season, as his contract expired.

On 6 July 2016, Chrisantus signed a one-year deal with CF Reus Deportiu, returning to Spain two years after departing Las Palmas.[6]

International career[edit]

Chrisantus has represented Nigeria at under-17 level, and was the top scorer at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea with seven goals, and was awarded the adidas Silver Ball. He scored all seven goals with his right foot.[7] He also featured at the 2009 U-20 World cup held in Egypt.


AEK Athens


  1. ^ a b "Hamburg beat Prem giants to starlet". Sky Sports. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (18 September 2007). "Offers pour in for Chrisantus". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chrisantus bleibt Badener" (in German). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "ΑΕΚ-Ατρόμητος 1-0" (in Greek). 4 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "AEK set to release Chrisantus". 17 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Macauley Chrisantus aterra dijous a l'Estadi" [Macauley Chrisantus arrives Thursday at the Estadi] (in Catalan). CF Reus Deportiu. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Careers after Korea". FIFA. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 

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