6 Famous Footballers Who Came From Very Poor Families

In life no one chooses the family he or she is supposed to be born in. It occurs naturally thus beyond our control.

However they often say they being born in a poor family is not your fault, but staying in it forever it is. Therefore despite the heartbreaking nature of poverty, it is supposed to be a motivating factor towards success.

This explains why many successful people in different professions are from poor family. In other words those from poor families tend to do their things tirelessly to change their conditions at home.

In addition to that, football profession is not an exceptional, a number of young stars in football have come up to make huge sums of money so as to change their pathetic conditions at home using their football talents.

These footballers faced tough upbringing and were determined to fight hardship for success. A number of these stars grew in ghetto where there are poor housing conditions and wore improper clothing. Indeed it was not easy for them!

Having such a dark past made these people totally focused in football career and you will agree with me that the most celebrated football stars currently are most of them. Have a look at their pictures below

1. Raheem Sterling (Born in Jamaica)

Raheem was born in Jamaica, but after a while he emigrated with his family to England. Raheem’s family did not have a permanent place of residence and lived in poverty.

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But football saved Sterling. Sterling began his first steps in football at the West Ham Academy, but then moved to Liverpool.

In Liverpool, Raheem became a star, and after a while he moved to Manchester City. Now the footballer is one of the highest paid players in the league and has no financial problems.

2. Robinho

Robinho was born in a poor area of the city of San Vicente. Many young people love from there connect their lives with crime and drugs, and only thanks to football, Robinho took a different path.

The Robinho family lived very poorly, and the footballer had nutritional problems. Due to the fact that Robinho rarely ate, he had problems with physics.

At one of the tournaments, Robinho showed himself very well and Pele noticed him. After that, her career began to develop. Robinho was called the second Pele, but he failed to realize his potential. Robinho was very talented, but he was lazy.

3. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez was born into a large family that also had money problems. When Louis was 12 years old, his father left the family, leaving his mother with 7 children. Suarez’s mom worked as a cleaner and earned very little.

There was very little money, so Suarez often played barefoot, he did not have boots.

But Suarez did not give up, constantly progressed and became a professional footballer. Luis is now the top scorer in Uruguay history and has won the Golden Boot 2 times.

4. Zidane

“I once cried because I had no shoes to play soccer, but one day, I met a man who had no feet.” This is Zidane’s most famous quote. Zidane’s parents are immigrants from Algeria.

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They moved to France for a better life, but in the new country, they lived very poorly.

Zidane was born in France and spent all his time on the streets of Marseille. After he got into the Caen football academy, and since then his career began. A huge role in Zidane’s life was played by his wife, thanks to her Zinedine ended his street life.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was born in Madeira. The mother worked in the canteen, and the father used to strip bushes. Ronaldo was the fourth child in the family, so the parents wanted to have an abortion, because it was very difficult to support four children.

But the parents decided to leave the child, and the world received one of the best footballers in the history of football.

Ronaldo had a difficult childhood, he had a difficult character and was not liked by his peers. But thanks to his hard work, Ronaldo has achieved success.

6. Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane was born on April 10, 1992 in a very poor family in Senegal so much so that the family couldn’t even afford his education.

Sadio is also among the players who started football with nothing. He found his passion for football very early in life, and since there was no money to go to school, playing with other kids in the neighborhood was the best alternative.

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At age 15, a French scout accidently found him in Senegal and took him to France to exhibit his outstanding talent. There he started to play for the Metz.

Because of his childhood background, his heart is always with the poor and helpless people. He looks for every opportunity to help underprivileged people in Senegal.

Mané moved to Anfield from Southampton in 2016 for £34 million and it was recently reported that he has agreed a contract extension with the club to stay at Anfield until 2023.

Now, as the Liverpool player, Mane said in an interview, “Why would I want ten Ferraris, 20 diamond watches and two jet planes? What would that do for the world? I starved, I worked in the fields, I played barefoot, and I didn’t go to school. Now I can help people. I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing.”

“I have built schools, a stadium; we provide clothes, shoes, and food for people in extreme poverty. In addition, I give €70 per month to all people from a very poor Senegalese region in order to contribute to their family economy.” Mane earns on average 90,000 pounds a week that is $121,000 a week. His estimated net worth is $24 million.


Tandoh Enoch is a Social Media Manager, Website Developer and Designer, Blogger, Content Writer and an IT Consultant . He is a creator and editor at, an online digital platform focusing on Credible and Timely news in Ghana and worldwide.

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