Where is Kanu now?
One of an elite band of players that have won the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, Champions League and an Olympic gold medal, Nwankwo Kanu retired from playing in 2012 whilst at Portsmouth.
His complete haul of medals include two Premier League titles and two FA Cup winners medals with Arsenal, an FA Cup winners medal with Portsmouth, the Nigerian Premier League with Iwuanyanwu Nationale, the Dutch Eredivisie title on three occasions with Ajax and the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan
He also won 87 caps for Nigeria, scoring 12 goals and he won the African Footballer of the Year award twice in 1996 and 1999.
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Regarded as a national icon in his native Nigeria, Kanu is known for his philanthropic work and has founded the Kanu Heart Foundation which helps young African children with heart defects.
He also works extensively in his role as an ambassador for UNICEF.
In 2015 Kanu opened a modelling agency and photographic studios in Nigeria called Papilo which is his nickname.
The studios not only cater for photo shoots, they also have video production facilities and an in-house music studio.
He started this new business just months after he had corrective heart surgery for the second time.
He has also founded his own soccer school based in Canada which provides professional advanced football coaching for both boys and girls from ages six up to 17.
In 2015, Kanu created his own football team called Papilo FC which was solely funded by the former footballer but he sold what he called his ‘pet project’ in 2018 in order to channel his finances to his youth football academy.
He is not related to Welsh international footballer Hal Robson-Kanu.
His wife Amara Kanu is a fitness guru and author of a book called ‘Healthy Living’.
Inspired by fellow African footballer George Weah’s election as President of Liberia, Kanu announced in April 2018 that he would be running for the Nigerian presidency in 2019.
The announcement went viral within Nigeria’s media which led to heated debate on social media about his credentials to lead the country.
Kanu was then forced to come out in public and admit that the whole thing was an April Fool’s joke which had gotten out of hand.
Follow Nwankwo Kanu on Twitter @papilokanu
Nwankwo Kanu: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com