With the lavish lifestyles of sports cars, supermodels and exotic vacations splashed all over the tabloids, it’s easy to forget the backgrounds of some of these footballers.
Take for example Hull City’s Moses Odubajo.
The Guardian featured an in-depth story about Odubajo overcoming family tragedy and hardship, and it is certainly an inspiring one.
Moses lost his mother to malaria when he was just 13, leaving he and his older brother Tom all on their own in London after tricking social services into thinking they were not living alone.
The brothers had to provide for themselves the best they could, often foregoing food for heat or vice versa.
Moses fell into a deep depression, even quitting the sport he loved so much.
His older brother, Tom, kept the two of them afloat with his£300 a-month stipend as a part of Barnet FC’s academy.
After struggling for years on this tiny bit of money, Moses finally got back into football in 2009 on a youth scholarship for Leyton Orient.
He has fought his way all the way up to the Premier League, signing for Hull City for £3.5million after a spell with Brentford.
Odubajo has not forgotten his roots. The versatile right-sided player doesn’t live a lavish lifestyle and saves a majority of his money because he knows a career in football is short.
He also supports a charity, Malaria No More UK, in honor of his mother.
Moses’ story is a great reminder that the footballers that we all idolize are people too, and a great way to start the new week.