Duke Man Crush Monday: Bukayo Saka

Born on September 5, 2001, Bukayo Ayoyinka Saka represents the England national team and Premier League club Arsenal as a winger, left-back, or midfielder. He is a professional football player from England.
Saka is regarded as one of the best young football players in the world and is well known for his attacking incisiveness and creativity.

Saka has played for Arsenal for his entire first-team club career, and during that time, he has helped the team win the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield while also developing into one of its most productive and important players. He was selected the player of the season for Arsenal in 2020–21 and 2021–22.

He competed for England at different levels of youth before making his senior squad debut in October 2020. He is presently representing England in the 2022 FIFA World Cup after being a member of the team at the UEFA Euro 2020.

The younger of two children was born to Yoruba parents, Adenike and Yomi Saka in Ealing, Greater London.

Prior to attending Greenford Outstanding School, he attended Edward Betham Church of England Primary School, where he earned high marks in his GCSEs, earning four A*s and three As. Saka played youth football for the neighborhood team Greenford Celtic before joining Arsenal. In an interview, Saka discussed the influence of his father Yomi on his football career: “He’s a massive inspiration for me. From when I was young, he always kept me grounded, kept me humble.”

His name, “Bukayo,” means “adds to enjoyment” in the Yoruba language that is spoken in South West, Nigeria.

Saka said that if he weren’t a football player, he would either play basketball or be an actor. He also cited David Luiz as his former teammate who gave him the greatest career-related assistance, adding “he went out of his way” to support several Arsenal youth players “on and off the field.”

Saka is notably a devout Christian as well.

His Wins

Arsenal
FA Cup: 2019-2022
FA Community Shield: 2020
UEFA Europea League Runner Up: 2018-2019

England
UEFA European Championship Runner-Up: 2020

Individual

England Men’s Player of thenYear: 2021-2022

Arsenal Player of the Season: 2020-2021, 2021-2022
IFFHS Men’s Youth (U20) World Team: 2021

In November, 2022 as a way of making impact in the lives of youngsters, Saka, who has been brilliant with the league’s top team, Arsenal, donated some of his on-field prowess to 120 medically fragile kids back in his native country.

“I feel blessed to be in a position where I can contribute to making the children’s lives easier and better through these surgeries,” he said.

Read also: Arsenal star, Saka Funds 120 life-Changing Surgeries for Nigerian

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