Dele Alli, a midfielder for Everton, has disclosed that when he was six years old, one of his mother’s friends abused him.
Alli further claimed that while still a youngster, he began trafficking narcotics and was sent to Africa to acquire discipline.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star shared details of some of the upsetting occurrences that have had an impact on both his life and career during an interview with Gary Neville for The Overlap.
“[My childhood is] something I have not really spoken about that much, to be honest,” Alli said.
“So, at six, I was molested by my mum’s friend, who was at the house a lot. My mum was an alcoholic, and that happened at six.
“I was sent to Africa to learn discipline, and then I was sent back. At seven, I started smoking, eight I started dealing drugs.
“An older person told me that they would not stop a kid on a bike, so I rode around with my football, and then underneath, I would have the drugs, that was eight. Eleven, I was hung off a bridge by a guy from the next estate, a man.
“Twelve, I was adopted – and from then, it was like – I was adopted by an amazing family like I said, I could not have asked for better people to do what they would do for me.
“If God created people, it was them. They were amazing, and they have helped me a lot.
“I tried to be the best kid I could be for them. I stayed with them from 12 and then started playing first-team, professionally, at 16. It all sort of took off from there.”