Successful people always say it’s takes hard work and dedication to achieve anything in life. The world of football is no different. Alexis Sanchez is a prime example, he’s someone who went from playing football barefoot to a multi-millionaire. In a recent Sky Sports interview with Thierry Henry, Sanchez talks about the tough times he endured throughout his career, he recalls watching Lionel Messi cry, his rise to the top of football and his new club Man United.
Alexis talks about negatives of playing football at the top football level and the commitment it requires, he said, “I think football saves many people from a life of hardship. It can give you a life of luxury, but people don’t see the effort that goes in behind the scenes. This might mean not seeing your family as often, missing your mother’s birthday, some players even miss the birth of their children. I’m not complaining because I love football and it’s what I do. I enjoy myself and I’m just trying to be happy.”
Despite the vast fortunes he’s made, being a footballer isn’t easy, the pressures of football can break players during critical moments. Recalling his experiences with Messi at Barcelona FC he said, “You might cry during a game if you lose an important match. That apart of being a footballer. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Lionel Messi cry. That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that. People say things like: ‘He’s got too big for his boots’ Or say: ‘he’s changed’. You buy a flashy car and people say that you’re a show-off. I’ve learnt so much over time and with the experience that I’ve gained. You can’t please everyone. There’ll always be one or two who get angry. I’ve learnt so much from playing football.”
Fans are only exposed to the rewards of the game which portrays trophies, awards and money, very little light is shed on the dark side of the game. Players, are like everyone else, they can feel vulnerable and have moments where they feel defeated.
Ever since he was a young kid, he always dreamed of playing for the Red Devils. He said, “I dream about Man United since I was young child, and I’m not just saying this because I’m here I’m an honest person and I never lie, I think it’s the biggest club in the UK. That’s what I think. There are lots of big teams, and having played for Arsenal, they are also one of them. It’s a massive club and I was there, but coming here, looking at the badge. I’m so proud to wear the No 7 shirt.”