6 Most Incredible Footballers Who Suffered To Become Who They Are Now

This isn’t the first time in history that a great footballer has overcome difficulties in order to become who they are now. Success stories like theirs show that anyone can achieve anything they set their minds to with dedication, perseverance, and hard work.

Many others will be inspired by the stories of these athletes, who will act as role models for them to never give up on their goals and to keep going forward no matter what. Six of these are highlighted below.

  • Djibril Cisse

Following an innocuous challenge from Jay McEveley of Blackburn in 2004, the Liverpool striker grabbed his foot in the turf and twisted his leg while falling down. He fractured his tibia and fibula multiple times. He would have lost his leg if the physiotherapists hadn’t used their hands to tug his bones back at the time. He returned from a broken leg to be a part of Liverpool’s incredible Champions League victory over AC Milan with pins in his legs.

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  • Luca Modric

Croatia’s violent independence struggle compelled the midfielder to escape his native Yugoslavia. His childhood was shaped by the atrocities of the war, which he witnessed as a refugee. In spite of this, Modric never lost faith in himself. NK Zadar’s youth setup gave him a chance to play and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Sadio Mane

A young Sadio Mane spent his childhood living in a family with nine others in Senegal, where no one imagined he would ever be a professional footballer. Mane begged a family member for money so he could flee to Senegal’s main city of Dakar and pursue his dream of playing football. After 10 days, the friend finally surrendered and told his family where he was.

When Mane returned home, his family didn’t recognize football as his destiny until he graduated high school. He’s now one of the top African players in the world.

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  • Lionel Messi

The’small’ youngster who made it big because he had a lot of talent despite not having a lot of physical growth. Because he was so little as a child, the Argentine, who is sometimes likened to Diego Maradona and even regarded better by some, was unable to score goals. While playing football with his buddies as a kid, he’d run past them all and suddenly reach the goalpost.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo grew up on the Portuguese island of Madeira, where he overcame many obstacles. When he was just 12 years old, he left for Lisbon with the goal of becoming a professional footballer. However, for the current Manchester United attacker, things took a turn for the worst shortly after joining the club. It ended in his expulsion from school because of the chair-throwing incident. Ronaldo had to have surgery after being diagnosed with a ‘racing heart.’

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Cristiano Ronaldo persevered in the face of adversity at Sporting Lisbon, rising through the ranks. It wasn’t long after he joined Manchester United in 2003 that he began cementing his place among the all-time greats of the game.

  • Ronaldinho

It was only after the signing of his brother by local giant Gremio that a young Ronaldinho could leave the squalid surroundings of Porto Alegre’s favela and move to a more prosperous neighborhood.

Unfortunately, Ronaldinho’s father died of a heart attack in the family’s swimming pool when Ronaldinho was just eight years old. He rose quickly through Gremio’s ranks, however, before going on to PSG and then Barcelona in his career. This Samba superstar would go on to become a global icon after his performance at Camp Nou.

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