Footballers have their stories to tell as regards how life treated them.

They go through lots of phases and strive for the best.

Nottingham Forest new signing Taiwo Awoniyi isn’t an exception. He grew up on the streets of Ilorin, Kwara State and developed his skills.

This was Taiwo Awoniyi at the 2012 Midas Football Academy Gala Tournament to encourage young and aspiring football players in Ilorin. He is a testament to what hardwork, determination and faith can do.

One year later, he represented Nigeria at the FIFA U17 World Cup.

The 24-year-old has joined Steve Cooper’s side for £17.5m and has signed a five-year contract with the newly-promoted Premier League side until the summer of 2027.

Awoniyi was a prospect of Liverpool’s academy for six years between 2015 and 2021, but he left on a permanent basis last year without making a single appearance for the club.

The striker was granted a work permit last year but was sold to Union Berlin for a £7.7m fee, and he starred last term with 20 goals and five assists in 43 appearances in all tournaments.

Awoniyi’s 15 Bundesliga goals helped Union Berlin qualify for the Europa League with a fifth-placed finish, but he has now swapped Germany for the City Ground.

Congratulations to the young man. All the best at NOTTINGHAM FOREST FOOTBALL CLUB.

We all are proud of you and wish you the best in the Premier League.

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