Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo (born 7 June 2002) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for F.C. Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga.
A left-footed player, Amoo is known for his pace, ball control and technical ability. As an inverted winger, he is prone to dribble and cut inside from the flank. Due to his small stature, low centre of gravity and agility, Amoo has been compared with Lionel Messi in his native country, even gaining the nickname “little Messi”.
Early Life and Career
Akinkunmi Amoo was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. He started playing youth football at Brightville Academy. In his teens, he moved to Lagos to join Sidos FC
On 8 June 2020, shortly after his 18th birthday, Amoo transferred to the Swedish club Hammarby IF on a four-year contract. He made his competitive debut in Allsvenskan on 14 September, in a 2–2 home draw against Helsingborgs IF. On 10 November, Amoo scored a brace, his first competitive goals for Hammarby IF, in a 5–0 win against FC Gute in Svenska Cupen, the main domestic cup.
In 2021, following the departure of Alexander Kačaniklić, Amoo established himself as a regular starter for Hammarby IF. On 7 March, he scored a long-range strike against rivals AIK in a 3–2 home win in Svenska Cupen, which meant that his side advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament. On 17 April, Amoo scored his first league goal in Allsvenskan for the club, in a 2–0 home win against Mjällby AIF. On 30 May, Amoo won the 2020–21 Svenska Cupen with Hammarby IF, through a 5–4 win on penalties (0–0 after full-time) against BK Häcken in the final.
On 31 January 2022, Amoo signed a five-year deal with F.C. Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga. The fee was reportedly set at around €4.4 million, plus bonuses and a sell-on clause, making it a record breaking transfer for Hammarby. He also became one of Copenhagen’s record arrivals, in the same region as Pep Biel and Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson.
Amoo began his international career with Nigeria in the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations, and scored in his debut in a 5–4 group stage win against Tanzania, where they finished fourth in the tournament. Later the same year, Amoo was part of the Nigerian squad that got knocked out in the round of 16 during the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
In early 2022, Amoo was sought out by Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, as a replacement for Odion Ighalo who had to withdraw from the tournament, but the call-up was not granted by the Confederation of African Football.
Akinkunmi Amoo is currently single and not in any relationship for now. Akinkunmi Amoo is also not married.
Akinkunmi Amoo Net Worth
Akinkunmi Amoo’s net worth is estimated at $800, 000 – $2.5 million (net worth estimated in 2022).
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