Zidane Iqbal becomes first ever British-Pakistani to make his UCL debut

Earlier in April this year, Zidane Iqbal signed his first professional contract at Manchester United.

Zidane Iqbal Manchester United Zidane Iqbal has become the first British-Pakistani origin footballer to make his UEFA Champions League debut. He is also the first ever British Pakistani to play for a big European club after he made his senior debut for Manchester United.

The 18 year old was named on the bench for the Champions League match with BSC Young Boys.

Iqbal plays as a central midfielder. He was born in Manchester to a Pakistani father and an Iraqi mother. Zidane Iqbal joined the Manchester United academy at the age of nine and ever since then he hasn’t looked back.

The British-Pakistan replaced Jesse Lingard in the 89th minute of the game against the Young Boys. He played for eight minutes.

What he’s said about his development

“When I was younger, I used to go to watch my dad play football, just at a local five-a-side pitch, and I just used to take shots at him.
“As I grew older, I started playing more and more and joined a team called Sale United.
“I was in and around the development centres when the coach pulled me in and said I’m going to take you to The Cliff [the Reds’ former training ground]. Since then I’ve just kicked on and progressed through each age group.’

“I come from such a hard-working family. My parents are always working hard, my brother, my grandparents. When we came to this country, they all inspired me to give my best at everything I do.’’

Zidane Iqbal is inspired by Mesut Ozil:  “Mesut Ozil, because he’s a Muslim like me as well. Just seeing another Muslim footballer is a good thing.”

Zidane plays for Iraq and has made his Under-23 debut. He also scored his first international goal as captain in a 2-2 draw at the WAFF Under-23 Championship in October.

The 18 year old has made an impact this season, scoring in four different competitions this season: Premier League 2, the EFL Trophy and against Atalanta in the UEFA Youth League.

Earlier in April this year, Zidane Iqbal signed his first professional contract at Manchester United.

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