Ake reveals goal joy was followed by the death of his father
Nathan Ake's father passed away just a few minutes after the defender opened the scoring in Manchester City's 6-3 win over RB Leipzig.
The Dutch centre-back netted in the 16th minute at the Etihad last night as City opened their Champions League campaign with a comprehensive victory in Group A.
And Ake, 26, took to Instagram this afternoon to share the sad news that his dad died just moments later.
He said: "The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life. My dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible.
"I was lucky to have a lot of support from my fiancee, family and friends.
"Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side.
"Maybe it was meant to be — watching me play always made him proud and happy.
"I know you're always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you dad."