The young scorer never made it home to say goodbye to his late mother. Now he praises her in a beautiful way.
Canadian Jonathan David (21) has managed to break into the French Ligue 1 after moving from Ghent in Belgian football to Lille nearly a year and a half ago.
David first contributed 13 goals in the first season 2020-21, which ended with an impressive gold medal for the night. This season, the striker has already scored 12 goals in 19 first-half matches, and is the top scorer in the French Ligue 1.
A few days ago, David sealed the away match against Bordeaux when he scored 3-2 for Lille six minutes before the end of the match.
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In the scenes of jubilation that followed, the 21-year-old made a name for himself with an eye-catching celebration. With a rose in his hand, David raised his arm and looked up to the sky before kissing the rose.
TV channel RMC Sport He reveals that the gesture was dedicated to the young man’s deceased mother, Rose, who died of cancer in December two years ago.
David obtained permission from Ghent’s employer to return home at the time, after being informed of his mother’s deteriorating health. He was not yet out of his teens when he boarded the plane back to his home in Ottawa.
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But the great young talent did not reach beyond a stop in London before the sad death of his mother. Rose was buried on December 14, 2019.
16 days after his mother’s death, Jonathan David is back on the field for Ghent. He contributed a goal-scoring pass when the team drew in a tough match against the big club Brugge. The match ends 1-1.
Before the start of the match, David received a long round of applause from the fans at the Gelamco Arena in Ghent. They were so grateful to have him back in on them, even before the league took a breather over the Christmas holidays.
In the summer of 2020, David was sold to French football and Lille for 30 million euros. He spent two months scoring his first goal there, but the period that has passed since then has already been described.
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Connects to Spain and England
The 21-year-old is now one of the hottest players in the transfer market. As a young goalscorer, in a league as strong and star-filled as Ligue 1, he has naturally become a much more recognizable figure in Football Europe.
David’s player agent, Nick Mavrumaras, recently revealed with a clear message that this season will be the last in Lille for the highest-scoring player. According to Mavrumaras, tournaments in England or Spain are most interesting for the young striker.
In recent days, a number of reports have surfaced about the big clubs interested. Real Madrid is among them.
Robin Hogan comments on French football for Direktesport.no and Nettavisen, among others. He has no doubt that the 21-year-old is good enough for a giant on the football map as those in white in the Spanish capital.
Jonathan David has good finishing skills with both legs. Physics is his great strength. He has a crazy pace and is hard to reach. It can also be used on the edges. In terms of skills, I definitely think David has what it takes to do well at Real Madrid, as Haugen told Nettavisen recently.
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– he’s there
However, the commentator imagines Real Madrid to have more offensive features in perspective. As is known, one of the most sought after is a famous Norwegian of the same age.
I think they prefer “everything” to Erling Braut Haaland or Kylian Mbappe. It probably has a lot to do with how much money they have the opportunity to spend. David has huge potential, so he is there as a backup if Haaland or Mbappe is not reached.
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Haugen also notes that the Canadian contract could be cheaper for Real Madrid, although Mbappé appears to be able to leave PSG without a transfer fee after this season. He justifies this with salary expenses, which are likely to be a bit lower for a player like Jonathan David.
English clubs such as Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool have also been linked with David.
The links have gained new momentum after the recent proxy revolts around the Premier League or La Liga as possible next stops.
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