Nigerian World Cup star is now a Shadow of His Former Self! How did it go so Bad for Him?

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Macauley Chrisantus was the tall number ‘9’ for the Late Yemi Tella led team in the Korea 2007 U-17 World Cup. 

His great eye for goal brought him to Stardom during the 2007 U-17 World Cup.

Many believed he would become the Next Rashidi Yekini and already seeing him breaking the Legend's 37-goal record for Nigeria.

Apart from his great eye for goal, his skills and techniques on the was unmatched during the tournament.

He was just 16 years as at that tournament and had great future ahead of him.

Most Nigerians fans were already asking for the retirement of the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins Aghahowa. That was how much confidence people had on Chrisantus.

He scored Nigeria’s first goal in the Korea 2007 U-17 World Cup, when the Golden Eaglets defeated France 2-1 in their group opener. 

Chrisantus netted a brace in the second group game to help Nigeria U-17 to a 3-0 win over Japan, with Ganiyu Oseni scoring the third.

Another brace for Macauley Chrisantus in their final group game against Haiti in the 4-1 win, made it five goals for the young prodigy. 

He continued his scoring form against Argentina U-17 with a fine first half strike in the 2-1 win. 

His seventh and final goal of the competition came in the Semifinals, where Nigeria defeated Germany 3-1 to seal a final against Spain.

Nigeria won the World Cup U-17 tournament, after beating Spain on penalty shootout 3-0 (0-0 aet). 

He eventually finished as the second best Player of the 2007 U-17 World Cup just behind Germany's Toni Kroos.

Immediately after the tournament, things went from Good to Worse for the Nigerian after he signed for Hamburger in Germany.

He couldn't meet up with the expectations from him and was eventually offloaded to Karlsruher SC in 2009.

He's been moving from one club to another and has become a shadow of himself after the World Cup.

The most fruitful move of Macauley Chrisantus’ career was when he signed with Spanish side, Las Palmas in 2012, as he netted 20 goals in 67 appearances. 

He then moved to Turkey with Sivaspor, then to Greece with Athens and Lamia then to Playing for Spanish Fourth division side Real Murcia.

He also had a very disappointing time in Finland with Helsinki.

The 29-year old now plays for Iranian side, Zob Ahan, as they are currently struggling in the Iran Persian Gulf Pro League.

Where did it go wrong for Chrisantus? Was he not good enough?

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