The development of every child needs both parents, especially before their 18th birthday. Boys, for instance, need their fathers, some important skills that make up a man not to mention identity and affirmation. These roles might sound simple but they do trouble many teenage boys. Today, we want to recognize five special women who raised top footballers. They managed to do it despite the fact that they did not have enough resources. We focus on famous soccer stars raised by single mothers in total poverty.
5. Arturo Vidal- Barcelona
Cover | "We have a team that can win everything" – Arturo Vidal [sport]
– "I want to help Messi in everything I can and give him many options for a pass or goal".
– "The only idol I have is my mother. She taught me to fight with effort and sacrifice". pic.twitter.com/f4HtsyOMNr
— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) August 24, 2018
Barcelona and Chile star Arturo Vidal was raised by his mother Jacqueline Pardo in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.
Vidal father Erasmo Vidal separated from his mother when he was only 5 years after an altercation involving a bed his parents used at the time. Vidal was forced to become the ‘Man of the house’ to help out his mum who was working as a cleaner.
Arturo Vidal: When I was young I lived in a dangerous neighbourhood. I had a very hard childhood, my mother took care of the five brothers alone, and she sacrificed a lot. Thanks to her I can now give her a better life."
— Lucia® 🎗 (@MissLucia_SA) August 14, 2018
Vidal has been the breadwinner for his family ever since. In an interview with Sportsmail Vidal said:
‘My mother has worked so hard,’ Vidal said.
‘Of course, I help in everything I can. I feel responsible for my younger brothers and long assumed a parental role, I’m like a father and a model figure, I really like it and I do fondly.’
4. Memphis Depay- Lyon
Lyon star Memphis Depay was also raised by his mother. His father left them when he was only four years old. In a recent interview, he revealed that he does not want to print ‘Depay’ in his shirt because he does not recognize his father contribution in his life.
“Those things are a part of my life. It is not a part of football. It is a different thing. I have a life next to football,” said Memphis.
3. Alexis Sanchez- Manchester United
Manchester United and Chilean star Alexis Sanchez is a great player today known all over the World but according to his recent interview, things were bad when he was growing up.
The former Barcelona revealed that his father abandoned his family when he was only five years old leaving his mother to take care of them. He says things got so bad that he could not even afford football boots. He used to borrow from friends. His was given his first pair by the Mayor of Tocopila after scoring eight goals in a single match at U-14 level.
He also said that the reason why England can’t go far in the World Cup is because players are too soft;
“I used to wash cars for little money so I had enough money to buy football boots. My family was very poor. Football for me was about survival. I told my mother from a young age not to worry. If i failed i’d be working on a construction site. Football saved me.”
– Alexis Sanchez pic.twitter.com/QMUdElykvy
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 24, 2018
‘’ I used to wash cars for such little money just so I had enough money to buy my football boots. When you are at academies like Manchester United and Arsenal, then everything is just given to you.” “My family was so poor that football for me was about survival. I told my mother from a young age, ‘Don’t worry, I will become a football player and get us out of this situation’.
“If I had failed, I would be working 15-hour days on construction sites and still not be earning enough to live. Football saved me, and I don’t think any England players could say that’’ said Sanchez.