Macauley Chrisantus

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Macauley Chrisantus
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Macauley Chrisantus in 2014
Personal information
Full name Macauley Chrisantus
Date of birth (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Abuja, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Murcia
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)
2009–2011Karlsruher SC (loan) 47 (11)
2011–2012FSV Frankfurt (loan) 26 (8)
2012–2014 Las Palmas 67 (20)
2014–2015 Sivasspor 8 (4)
2015–2016 AEK Athens 24 (9)
2016–2017 Reus 9 (7)
2017 Lamia 9 (6)
2018– Real Murcia 24 (9)
National team
2007 Nigeria U17 7 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:50, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March 2010

Macauley Chrisantus (born 20 August 1990) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Real Murcia.

Career[edit]

Born in Abuja, Chrisantus joined Hamburg in 2007 from Abuja,[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 years at Las Palmas in Spain.

In January 2015, Chrisantus signed with Greek Side AEK Athens 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 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 Reus Deportiu, returning to Spain two years after departing Las Palmas.[6] On 12 September 2017 he returned to the Greek Superleague joining newly promoted side Lamia.[7] However on 12 December 2017, after only performing in 2 matches he dissolved his contract with the club.[8]

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.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 January 2018[10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamburg II 2007–08 Regionalliga Nord 12 4 12 4
Karlsruher SC (loan) 2009–10 2. Bundesliga 25 3 1 0 26 3
2010–11 22 8 0 0 22 8
Total 47 11 1 0 0 0 48 11
FSV Frankfurt (loan) 2011–12 2. Bundesliga 26 8 1 0 27 8
Las Palmas 2012–13 Segunda División 42 12 5 1 47 13
2013–14 25 8 3 1 28 9
Total 67 20 8 2 0 0 75 22
Sivasspor 2014–15 Süper Lig 8 1 4 0 12 1
AEK Athens 2014–15 Football League 16 6 1 0 17 6
2015–16 Superleague Greece 8 1 2 1 10 2
Total 24 7 3 1 0 0 27 8
Reus Deportiu 2016–17 Segunda División 9 0 0 0 9 0
Lamia 2017–18 Superleague Greece 0 0 2 0 2 0
Career total 193 51 19 3 0 0 212 54

Honours[edit]

AEK Athens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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). kicker.de. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "ΑΕΚ-Ατρόμητος 1-0" (in Greek). www.gazzetta.gr. 4 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "AEK set to release Chrisantus". www.sdna.gr. 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. Archived from the original on 13 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Επίσημο: Στη Λαμία Ντακόλ και Κρισάντους". www.sport24.gr. 11 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Τέλος ο Κρισάντους απ' τη Λαμία". www.sport24.gr. 12 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Careers after Korea". FIFA. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "M. Chrisantus". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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