Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze has signed with Jay-Z's sports management label Roc Nations Sports.
After his breakout year with Villarreal last season and his exciting performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Chukwueze has become one of the most popular Nigerian players.
On Thursday, August 1, it was announced that the 20-year-old has been signed to Roc Nations Sports, the sports management division of Roc Nation which was founded by hip-hop legend Jay Z in 2013.
“A ground-breaking new partner along with one of Africa’s brightest young football stars. We’re thrilled to welcome #10Manage & @chukwueze_8 to the ⚽️ family! #RocFam,” Roc Nation Sports announced via Twitter.
Chukwueze is still under his original management, 10 Management who have entered a partnership to expand Roc Nation's presence in the African football market.
"Excited to announce that with @10manage, we are joining the @rocnationsports family! Big things coming," the Nigeria international wrote on Instagram.
Since their launch in 2013, Roc Nation Sports have gotten a slew of NFL and basketball athletes including Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz etc on their roster.
In June 2015, German defender Jerome Boateng became the first football star to join the firm. Since then Roc Nation Sports have expanded their football roaster with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bryune and now Chukwueze.
From Golden Eaglets to Villarreal
Born in Abia State, Chukwueze played in all Golden Eaglets' games on their way to the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup title in Chile where he scored three goals.
He moved to Spain where he joined Villarreal’s youth team in 2017 and graduated to the senior team.
Chukwueze exceeded all expectations in his debut season with Villarreal with some amazing and eye-catching performances for the Yellow Submarines.
In the 2018/2019 season, the forward scored five goals in 26 league games and eight in all competitions.
Impressive outings against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid improved his ratings to make him one of the most exciting young players in La Liga.
He got invited to the Super Eagles and made his debut in November 2018.
Chukwueze showed flashes of his brilliance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt where he scored his first goal for the Super Eagles who finished the tournament with the bronze medal.