December 18, 2015

There are several athletes that have started later.  George Weah was 22 years old when he was signed to play professionally in Europe. Likewise Ian Wright was signed to play for Crystal Place just before he turned 22. Nate Quarry did not play any organized sports until...

Lionel Messi was born in Argentina. He was noticeably smaller than other children, and was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. FC Barcelona Youth Academy offered to pay for medication to help this condition, which his mom and dad could not afford. His whole f...

Philipp Lahm was born in German on November 11, 1983. He has dreamed about winning the World Cup since he was a kid; a goal he would one day achieve. Now, he has captained both Bayern Munich and the German national team. Considered one of the best fullbacks in the worl...

David Alaba was born in Austria. He plays, as left-back, for Bayern Munich, and since the age of 17, for the Austria national football team. During his football career, David has had to overcome many challenges, resulting from injuries and racism. Despite all these obs...

Nico Calabria was born with one leg, but this has never stopped him from achieving his goals. By the age of 5, he was playing soccer on a regular team. He soon became one of the youngest players to be selected for the US National Amputee squad. In his first National Te...

George Weah was born in the slums of Africa and raised by his grandmother after his parents separated. It was a very poor area and the neighbours often fed George, because his family didn’t have enough food. As a child, he played soccer with makeshift balls and tin can...

Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Portugal, and as a child, his life was challenging. His father drank too much, his mother had to work long hours, and he was kicked out of school when he was 14 years old. His mother encouraged him to chase his football dream. At one time,...

Abby Wambach is regarded as one of the best female soccer players ever. Having scored 182 times for the US team, she holds the record for the greatest number of international goals scored by any player, male or female. In addition, she has won numerous awards including...

Mia Hamm was born with a clubfoot and needed corrective shoes. Once she was out of braces there was no stopping her. Inspired by her brother she began to play soccer. She looked up to her brother and was devastated when he died at an early age from a rare blood disease...

Pelé, originally named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, grew up poor in Brazil. He had no shoes, no soccer balls, no organized soccer team to play for, and was often hungry. Despite these barriers, when he was about 9 years old, he told his dad he would win the World Cup....

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