Just as Odion Ighalo is hitting the biggest heights of his football career, the Manchester United striker and his wife Sonia are currently not seeing eye to eye.
The first hint of this came in December 2019 when she went on Instagram Stories to blast the footballer for hosting a party just after his sister Mary Atole died.
Just nine days after his sister Atole died in Canada, the striker hosted the second-anniversary party of his Ighalo Orphanage Home and his wife wasn’t pleased with it.
“I don’t normally do this but seriously where is thy humanity,” Sonia wrote .
“Not even up to a week u staged party WTF; and someone wrote me how come I’m not mourning. Who get sis de party up and down na me wey just enter wan mourn?”
Although she came out a few days later to insist that they are still traditionally and legally married’ “no leave, no transfer,” she wrote on Instagram, the cracks were obvious.
For one, Ighalo in December didn’t have his stopover in London like he usually does anytime he leaves China while on break.
With his wife and kids based in London, Ighalo usually stops over in the United Kingdom before his trip to Nigeria.
In December 2019 however, the striker flew straight to Lagos where he spent his Christmas holidays before jetting back to China.
There were also no Christmas photos from the Ighalo family, which they usually do every year.
Soon, the couple, known for their public display of affection had no photos of each other on their respective social media anymore.
Ighalo since then has not been spotted with his wedding ring.
Since he joined Manchester United, the Ex-Super Eagles striker has not been spotted publicly with his wife who has not mentioned the move once on social media.
A source close to the striker has also confirmed that Sonia has not made the trip to Manchester from London to see the player.
The source could not confirm if the striker has seen his kids since his move to Manchester United.
Then there was Sonia’s birthday recently which Ighalo snubbed publicly. It’s so unlike the couple that people noticed.
Sonia was quick to react, claiming that the Manchester United striker had called her privately.
“Someone woke me up with a birthday call… yet some lazy Naija youth are killing themselves because he didn’t post my pic,” Sonia wrote.
“When last did he post DSB? (kids) All of you are mad, well issokay to y’all mf head tho.”
She has also since removed ‘Ighalo’ from her Instagram.
Despite her claim, Pulse Sports source has confirmed that the couple is indeed estranged.
The source said the couple fell out because of Sonia’s relationship with Ighalo’s family.
Sonia reportedly did not get on with the Ighalo’s late sister and she also had some fallouts with her husband’s brother as well.
Something in June 2019, Sonia took to Instagram to blast his husband’s brother for hosting a party at their Lagos mansion.
“This is what you get when you have a motherfuk fam taking care of your house,” she said in a post.
Pulse Sports have reached out to both Ighalo and Sonia for comments.
Ighalo and Sonia have known each other for a long time. Although it is not clear when and where they met, the 30-year-old got an Italian passport after he married Sonia who is half-Italian.
They have three kids together- two boys and a girl.