Ighalo was a former Watford player. Image: Goal Nigeria

Odion Ighalo has said that he understands fans’ frustration when he failed to score at the World Cup in Russia but pledged to always give his best in a Super Eagles shirt.

The former Watford striker’s performance at the Russia 2018 World Cup was widely criticised by fans, especially on social media.

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“The fans love football, they are passionate about the Super Eagles and so sometimes you don’t blame them when they are angry,” Ighalo said in a radio interview.

“As a striker they wanted me to score goals at the World Cup, but unfortunately it was not so.

“Some of the fans took the criticisms to another level, which was bad, but I can understand them because I am a professional and so whatever comes with that, you have to go with it.

“I thank the fans who believed in me even after the World Cup, and those who didn’t believe in me, I still thank them because they were supporting the Super Eagles.

“Hopefully, I will work to give my 100 per cent whenever I play for the national team.”

Ighalo buried the ghost of a disastrous World Cup campaign on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick against Libya to now take his goals record with the Eagles to eight goals in 24 appearances.