Watch: Striker Bursts Into Tears After Scoring Winner Days After Mother’s Death

Caleb Ekuban is a 24-year-old Italian striker who has already played for seven different clubs. Currently owned by Leeds United by on loan with Turkish Süper Lig club Trabzonspor, Ekuban scored the most emotional goal of his young career. 

Earlier this week, Ekuban’s mother passed away. He begged coach Ünal Karaman to let him play and the manager obliged by subbing him on in the 74th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Ekuban netted the match winner, rising high to head in a free kick.

He immediately burst into tears.

The feels.

The goal was an 82nd-minute winner in a 2-0 victory over Kayserispor. 

“I did what I had to do after my mother’s death,” Ekuban said in a postgame interview. 

Ekuban was born in Italy to parents of Ghanaian descent. Leeds bought him in 2017 from Chievo Verona. Eligible for both the Italian and Ghanaian national teams, he's said he'd prefer to represent Ghana internationally. 

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