Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has written about how he came to be a footballing professional and how he dreamt of playing for Anderlecht as a kid.
Needless to say, it is pretty powerful stuff. Read some of the excerpts here:
“People in football love to talk about mental strength. Well, I’m the strongest dude you’re ever going to meet. Because I remember sitting in the dark with my brother and my mom, saying our prayers, and thinking, believing, knowing … it’s going to happen.
“I kept my promise to myself for a while. But then some days I’d come home from school and find my mum crying. So I finally told her one day, “Mum, it’s gonna change. You’ll see. I’m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it’s going to happen soon. We’ll be good. You won’t have to worry anymore.”
“I was six.
“I asked my father, “When can you start playing professional football?”
“He said, “Sixteen.”
“I said, “O.K., sixteen then.”
“It was going to happen. Period.”