Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi caused a stir across the world of football on Saturday with an outrageous ‘rainbow flick’ whilst on international duty with Nigeria.
The Gunners star performed the skill during the Super Eagles’ 3-1 win over Algeria in World Cup qualifying, his sixth cap for his country.
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The whistle was blown fractionally before Iwobi’s big moment due to a foul in the build up, but the crowd nonetheless sounded their appreciation for what was a spectacular piece of improvisation.
Fans have drawn similarities with Jay-Jay Okocha, the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder who was famed for his outlandish tricks and who happens to be the 20-year-old’s uncle.
Nigeria secured a vital win thanks to three goals from Chelsea players; Victor Moses grabbing a brace either side of a rare John Obi Mikel strike.
Iwobi has been in good form for Arsenal this season and is now considered a first-team regular after making his breakthrough in the second half of the last campaign.
Having played for England at youth level, he eventually chose to represent the country of his birth as a full international and made his debut in October 2015 in a 2-0 defeat to DR Congo.
If Iwobi can continue to improve at his current rate, fans of the Three Lions may well be left wondering what might have been in a few years time.