Not all football players have the same background and some of them have done surprising jobs before living their passion to the full, like this player from the France team who is going to compete in the World Cup.
Beginner, chick, youngest, U13, U15, U17, U20, hopes and finally national team… A classic course for many big stars of the round ball. But this is not the only possible course. Big names in football arrived late in the world of professional football such as the Englishman Jamie Vardy or the right-back Jonathan Clauss, unhappy after his non-selection for the France team for the 2022 World Cup. But another player from the selection Didier Deschamps also has an atypical background.
Fofana, present in the list!
The 25 French players for the 2022 World Cup have been designated, but not all of them are necessarily known to the general public. This is the case for the very young AS Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana (23 years old) who benefits, among other things, from absences N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. But this is not the only reason for this presence, it is also a player full of talent who had difficulty in concretizing it during his youth.
Passed by the INF Clairefontaine between 13 and 15 years old, he will come out of it without a club. For the teamhe evokes this painful period: “It’s the biggest regret of my life because it’s not really the fault of the clubs (…) Maybe I didn’t fit the criteria. And maybe I didn’t do anything to fit the criteria.”
Youssouf Fofana, former pizza vendor
He reveals that he had an unusual job afterwards during his time at the Drancy club and his friendship with Moussa Diaby and Amine Harit who had found shoes at their feet: “I was happy for them because we come from the same neighborhood (…) You have to find a well-paid job. There, it was a little more complicated. So I delivered pizzas. It’s anecdotal, it lasted a few months but I like to remember it, it allows me to keep my feet on the ground.” A great story for a player that the French public is eager to discover during the World Cup.
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