Adelaide United’s rising star, Nestory Irankunda, has clinched a monumental deal with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, fetching the Reds a historic sum exceeding $1 million. This marks a pinnacle in the extraordinary life journey of the 17-year-old prodigy, born in a Tanzanian refugee camp to Burundian parents who sought refuge from conflict.
After the family’s initial relocation to Perth and subsequent settlement in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, Irankunda will complete the ongoing A-League season with Adelaide before embarking on his German venture in July. Joining the ranks of global football elites like England’s Harry Kane and German World Cup champion Thomas Muller, Irankunda expressed his elation, stating, “Being signed by Bayern was a real dream come true.”
With gratitude for the support from coaches, teammates, and fans, Irankunda recognizes the significance of seeing out the season with Adelaide United before his move. The substantial transfer fee surpasses the record set in September when Adelaide sold former captain Craig Goodwin for $1 million to Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda. The potential for additional increments hinges on Irankunda’s success at Bayern and his playing time.
This move also signifies a significant salary boost for Irankunda, who is currently under a scholarship contract with Adelaide. Having joined Adelaide at the age of 15 from Adelaide Croatia, he has etched his name in A-League history with nine goals in 38 games, accompanied by his trademark celebratory backflips.
Bayern’s interest in Irankunda heightened after impressive displays against Western United and Melbourne Victory, showcasing his powerful strikes, nimble dribbling, and remarkable speed. Agent Adrian Griffin revealed that Bayern faced competition from other top-tier clubs but emphasized the club’s track record in nurturing young talent.
Adelaide United CEO Nathan Kosmina acknowledged the excitement surrounding Irankunda’s move, highlighting it as a rare opportunity for the young talent and commending the club’s role in his development. As Irankunda continues to shine in the A-League, fans are encouraged to savor the prospect of witnessing his prowess throughout the Isuzu UTE A-League 2023/24 season.