We sit in front of our screens every week end for just watching them playing the beautiful game. They are our everyday life heroes. But, do we know the story behind their lives? Here are 5 stories of football stars that would make great movies.
5.Manchester United winning a treble in 1999
Retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson transformed Manchester United into a super power in English football after taking over the management in 1986. In 1998/99, Red Devils won the Premier League and the FA Cup.
At this point United were about to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, and win over Bavarians would give Fergie and his boys a rare treble.
For the UCL final, United were without Roy Keane and Paul Scholes who were key members for their starting XI. They were both serving a suspension and this forced Ferguson to readjust his team. Weakened Red Devils conceded in 6th minute only.
Fergie soon brought in Ole Solskjær and Teddy Sheringham. The game reached injury time at the end of the second half and United were yet to find the net.
With 2 minutes left on the clock, they won a corner for which goalkeeper Schmeichel also went up, but it was partially cleared by the Bayern defence. But it fell to Giggs who passed the ball to to Sheringham who opened Bayern’s goal.
Red Devils won another corner kick immediately after the game restarted and David Beckham stepped up to take it again. Beckham found Sheringham, who passed it to Solskjær, who in turn put the ball in the back of the net. And United complete an epic comeback to win a treble.
4.Messi – Barcelona story
Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina to a steel factory worker and a part time cleaner. He started playing football at the age of 5 and his coach was his father.
In 1995, he joined Newell’s Old Boys and was part of the squad that lost just one game in four years. But at the age of 11, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency disease. Argentine based club River Plate wanted to sign him but they were unwilling to pay for his treatment which would cost $900 a month.
Messi had family members in Catalonia and, through them, his talents were made known to Barcelona’s sporting director Carles Rexach. They managed to organize a trial and after seeing the young boy perform, Rexach was impressed and offered Messi a contract written on a napkin. The rest is history …
3.Luis Suarez – Sophia story
After his father abandoned them, Suarez started skipping trainings, drinking and staying out late and his coach would often drag him from his home for practice.
At 15 years –old, he met a girl. Her name was Sofia Balbi. Her family lived a satisfied life while Suarez worked as a street sweeper and used to save some money to take her out.
Sofia’s family took Luis into their home. She made Suarez realize that he won’t achieve anything with his laziness. In her family, Suarez finally found a sense of belonging.
In 2003, Sofia’s family moved to Spain. This broke Suarez’ heart; he lost his family, he lost Sofia and he lost the hope for the future.
The only thing that would help him to see Sophia again was to play football till he joins an European club.
He worked hard and in 2006, a small first division club from Netherlands gave him a chance and from there he moved to Ajax, then to Liverpool and now to Barcelona. In 2009, he married the woman who gave him everything when was nothing. Today, they have two kids together.