Victor Moses is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays in the Premier League club for Chelsea.
Victor was born in Lagos, Nigeria on the 12th of December, 1990. When he was 11, his parents were killed in circumstances that are unclear. A week later, with his travel being paid for by relatives, Moses came to Britain as an asylum seeker.
He attended Stanley Technical High School (now known as the Harris Academy) in South Norwood. Scouted playing football in the local Tandridge League for Cosmos 90 FC, Crystal Palace approached him, with the club’s Selhurst Park stadium just streets away from his school.
He was offered a place in Crystal Palace’s academy. Moses first came to prominence at 14 after scoring 50 goals for Palace’s under-14s side. Playing for three years at both Whitgift and Palace, Moses scored over 100 goals as well as helping Whitgift win many School Cups and the National cup.
Victor Moses made his debut for the first team of Crystal Palace at the age of 16 on the 6th of November, 2007. He went on to keep his place in the side thereafter and scored his first senior goal on the 12th of March, 2008 in a 1–1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
In total, Moses played 16 times in 2007–08 as Palace reached the Championship play-offs where they lost out to Bristol City. He extended his contract with Palace much to delight of manager Neil Warnock who rated him very highly. Moses scored twice in 32 appearances in 2008–09 as Palace had a disappointing campaign, finishing in 15th position.
In the 2009–10 campaign, Moses went on a run of six goals in eight matches but Palace were suffering huge financial problems and the club went into administration in January 2010.
After Palace went into administration, he completed a £2.5 million transfer to Premier League side Wigan Athletic. He made his debut on the 6th of February, 2010 as a substitute against Sunderland in a 1–1 draw. On 20 March 2010, Moses came on as a substitute against Burnley and got his first assist for the club, setting up Hugo Rodallega for an injury time winner.
He scored his first goal for Wigan on the 3rd of May 2010 against Hull City. After he picked up some injuries at the start of the 2010–11 season, Moses found it difficult to make it back into the first-team due to increased competition for places. Following the departure of winger Charles N’Zogbia, Moses became a regular starter for Wigan in the 2011–12 season.
On the 23rd of August 2012, Wigan accepted the fifth bid from Chelsea after they finally met Wigan’s asking price. The player was given permission to speak with Chelsea and the next day, Chelsea announced that the transfer of Moses had been completed. Moses played his first game for Chelsea when he appeared as a substitute against rivals Queens Park Rangers on the 15th of September.
Moses made his full debut for Chelsea when he started the League Cup game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and scored his first goal after 71 minutes in a game that finished 6–0 to the Blues.
Moses went on to feature and score for Chelsea in the Champions League, Europa League, FA and League Cups.
Since the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign, Moses has had season long loan spells with Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham respectively. He is although still under contract with Chelsea till 2019.
Despite having Nigerian roots, Moses initially chose to represent his adopted home of England, featuring for the under-16 and under-17 team, winning many accolades including the golden boot in the 2007 UEFA European U-17 Championship in Belgium.
Moses was promoted to the under-18 squad, and following his goal scoring exploits for Crystal Palace’s first-team, he was promoted to the under-19 side without appearing sufficiently for the U-18s to actually collect a cap.
In 2011, Moses accepted a call-up from Nigeria and switch nationalities. He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He featured heavily in the team scoring a number of goals and went on to win the tournament with his country.
Moses was selected for Nigeria’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and gone ahead to represent Nigeria on several occasions.