Soccer is a beautiful sport because it doesn’t require buying fancy equipment and paying hundreds of dollars for professional coaches. All it takes is a ball, a couple of stones to mark goal lines and a willingness to have fun which is, at the same time, the most important factor many of the players below had when they started their respective soccer careers.
If you follow soccer, you are probably aware of every player on this list, but did you know their stories? For example Robert Lewandowski’s story can be found on portalik24.pl. None of them starts like a fairytale, but if you’re curious about the other ones, read on!
Messi’s soccer story begins at an early age when he was diagnosed with a severe growth hormone deficiency. His talent for soccer, on the other hand, was undeniable. However, Messi had luck as he was noticed by Barcelona very early in his career, and the club paid expensive treatments to help Leo grow. Although not being the tallest player out there, he is considered the GOAT, or the one of the cloven feet!
Angel Di Maria
Di Maria grew up in extreme poverty in Argentina and even had to work in a coal mine with his family in order to get by. He played soccer on the streets as soon as he could walk and many noticed that young Angel had something in him which will make him a real fortune. One step at a time, he became the most expensive player in the world in 2014, thanks to his determination and pure talent.
Just like many professional players from Brazil, Neymar grew up in extreme poverty and played soccer on the streets with other kids. His father knew what a huge talent Neymar had and worked three jobs in order to support his family.
Neymar had a happy childhood nevertheless and was soon noticed by the big guys in the soccer industry. It didn’t take him long to emerge into the most expensive soccer player ever.
Suarez’ family had nine members, and his father had trouble finding a job to support it. Luis loved playing football, but he didn’t even have enough money to buy proper shoes. Luckily, professional scouts noticed him very early in his life and started guiding him towards becoming a professional player. However, he struggled to stay focused and lacked proper motivation. Only after he managed to find a girl he fell in love with was he able to understand that there is something worth fighting for in this world. Needless to say, Suarez turned out to be one of the best players in the world.
Luka grew up in a war-torn country, and his family had to flee from the horrors of war, settling in a hotel in Zadar which was filled with bomb craters and other marks made by heavy artillery. His grandfather died in the war, and his friends considered him too weak to play soccer. With enough determination, Modric turned out to be the best midfielder in the world and even won the award for the best player of the year back in 2018.
Soccer is full of similar stories of players going per aspera ad astra, and such stories are there to remind us that, if we are talented in anything, we should nourish it and work hard so as to get the most out of our talent.