Horrible and Tragic events can be so devastating to the lifestyle of an individual irrespective of status quo.
Growing up, some individuals were made to work up their sleeves while others were given all they wanted and yet never attained great height. Some of the iconic players worshipped today were victims of one experience or the other that could have deterred them from achieving their goals.
Today, I will bring to light some amazing superstars that fought hard to be where they are today, in the midst of afflictions and struggles.
Image showing World Class players
7. Victor Moses
Death is a painful ordeal that leaves those behind traumatized and in despair. Watching a child, aged 11, lose his parents in cold blood to religious riot, can be unforgettable memory in the life of the child for years. This was the story of Veteran defender-Victor Moses.
Victor Moses celebrating a goal
Thereafter, his uncle took him to England as an Orphaned asylum seeker. There he started another phase of life, working hard and attaining unimaginable heights.
Moses in a Spartak Moscow
Currently he plays for Russian side-Spartak Moscow as a right wing back. He played previously for Chelsea FC where he won the Europa League, Premier League and of course the African Cup of Nations with his country - Nigeria.
Winner of 2007 Ballon d'Or award and one of the best striker in the history of Ac Milan. He was superb during his playing days producing some fine displays and notching wonderful goals.
Kaka in action
However, before he rose to such stardom, he suffered a horrible attack to his back resulting in an injury that could have ended his career during his time at Sao Paulo.
After careful examination by the medical team, it was discovered that he had Spinal Fracture, leading to an operation that left him to slim chance of walking again. He never stops to reverance God whenever he scores a goal.
Kaka celebrating a goal
Kanu was born with congenital heart defect which affected his rate of respiration. It was detected during his playing days with Inter Milan in 1996, and required immediate surgery.
Kanu in an Arsenal Jersey
After a successful surgery, he was on the sideline for almost a year with many thinking he won't be able to play football again. However, he proved doubters wrong by coming back to the pitch stronger and sharper than before.
Papilo in action for his country
He went on to have a successful career before his retirement.
4. N'golo Kante
N'golo Kante is one of the sought after defensive midfielders in the world at the moment. He had a fantastic season with Chelsea winning the coveted UEFA Champions League in the last campaign.
Kante on winning the Champions League
Kante was very unfortunate to have come from a poor background with siblings who looked up to him for survival. He started picking Garbage/Trash at the age of 8, to support his Father's treatment at the time.
When he was 11, his father died leaving him to carter for the family. He didn't let that deter him as he forged ahead to succeed.
Kante in action for Chelsea FC
In 2018, another tragedy befell him as his brother -Niame died few days before the World Cup in Russia. He was devastated but with the support from teammates, he was able to stay focus and that paid off as they won the Tournament.
Kante with the famous World Cup Trophy
3. Carlos Tevez
A very energetic athlete who gave defenders a handful with his abilities and eye for goal. He had a wonderful career in the Premier League playing for both sides of Manchester.
Tevez playing for both Manchester side
He grew up in Buenos Aires Barrio of Fuerte Apache, a notorious environment known for high crime rates. He was severely scalded with boiling water resulting in third degree burns from his right ear down to the neck and chest.
Tevez at Boca Juniors FC
He was therefore hospitalized for 60 days to enable proper treatment and full recovery. Although he is fully recovered, the scar from the accident remains there.
Scar from the boiling water
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was raised by an alcoholic father in Portuguese Island of Madeira. His father, despite an alcoholic, never stopped believing in his son's dream to be a footballer.
His father enrolled him to the Andorinha football academy, aged 8. He combined academics with football but was kicked out of school for throwing a chair at his teacher.
Furthermore, he was diagnosed with a racing heart which made his journey to achieving his dream even more difficult. In 2005, Ronaldo lost his father who was his mentor and role model to Liver Cirrhosis disease due to excessive intake of alcohol.
Ronaldo wearing a Juventus Jersey
Recently, Ronaldo wrote a message on his instagram handle stating how much he misses his dad and wishes he was alive to see his achievements.
He wrote: "My father was always in good spirits, he loves football. It makes me a bit sad because if he could enjoy seeing me now, what I have achieved, that would be a highlight in my life..." He concluded by saying: "But I am sure that he watches over me from above".
Ronaldo's message about his father
1. Lionel Messi
This is arguably the greatest player in football history. He has produced some fine displays for his club and country, scoring great goals and providing huge assist.
Lionel Messi in action
At age 11, Messi was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency( GHD) which resulted in him been stunted. It was required that he undergoes medical attention to enable him live a normal life just like every other person. His health was deteriorating due to the slow rate at which maturation took place.
Lionel Messi as a young player
During this period, he was playing for Newell Old boys, but they couldn't pay for his medical bills and therefore opted to sell him. Several clubs showed interest but Barcelona was top of the list after accepting to bear the cost of his medical bills.
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