It is always a delight to see talented footballers on the pitch or on our television screens. However, what many people do not know is the amount of work these athletes put in to get to the top. Majority of these footballers did not have things easy during their formative years.
In fact, for all amazing the goals, tough tackles and stupendous saves we see, it is fair to say there is a story behind each and every player who pull them off. Talent alone is not enough, sometimes it takes that extra determination and zeal to carve a successful career.
As wafting up the ladder is the idea, there are players who spent their initial years serving as ball boys, before finally rising to become the men they are today. Their successes have made them popular today, but it is only right to also acknowledge their service and humility when they were novices and youngsters.
Below are five ball boys who went on to become famous footballers.
#5 Fabio Cannavaro
Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro started his career as a ball boy. The retired defender was nurtured at Napoli’s academy, where he usually watched Diego Maradona play. Cannavaro may have made his name with the Italy national team and Real Madrid, but the road wasn’t always smooth.
In 2006, he captained Italy to the World Cup and capped off the year by winning the FIFA Best Player award. He also tasted cup successes wherever he played, including at Real Madrid, Parma and Juventus.
Currently, Cannavaro cannot be left out of any credible list that concerns with the top 10 best defenders of all time. That is enough recognition for a player who began his career chasing balls on the touchline.
Cannavaro was always determined and willing to serve, and that is how come he developed into an all-time football great in and outside Italy. He’s a massive example for all young footballers.