Less than a year ago Moses was at Wigan, now he plays for the European Champions and has an African Cup of Nations medal.
As a youngster at Crystal Palace, Victor Moses was recognised as a talented prospect. He made his début for the Eagles in the 2007/08 season and then departed for Wigan Athletic two seasons later.
Now less than three seasons after leaving Selhurst Park, Moses finds himself playing at Chelsea and has just helped Nigeria win the African Cup of Nations. Not bad for a player who was battling to avoid relegation from the Premier League last year.
22-year-old Moses certainly hasn’t always had it easy. Born in Nigeria in 1990, he was smuggled out of the country by his parents who were fleeing religious rioting. The young Moses was raised in South London by foster parents, but chose to go back to his roots when deciding his international path.
Although the attacker played at under-19 level for England, he decided to travel with Nigeria to the biggest tournament in Africa – which the Super Eagles won, beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. Moses scored two goals at the competition and was selected in the team of the tournament.
Despite a rapid year of success for Moses, he is thoughtful about how he’s got there.
“If anybody had told me that I would be playing for Chelsea and winning the Nations Cup by the beginning of this year, I would not have believed it,” Moses told FIFA.com.
“It is like a dream. But it has taken a lot of hard work and I have been working hard week in and week out.”