Rich footballers who came from extremely poor homes – Poverty can be a motivator, even if it is one heart-breaking in nature. And this is perhaps why many under privileged men and women have decided to make money off their talents. One means which many of them have used to improve their financial circumstances is sports, most commonly football.
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This is why most famous footballer in the world today are those who were motivated by their tough upbringing to fight hard for success.
Here’s a list of five footballers that grew up in the ghetto and have become billionaires out of their humble backgrounds.
5. Alexis Sanchez
Unarguably one of the best players in the world, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez grew up in the poor mining town of Tocopilla, Chile.
Sanchez’s mother looked to make ends meet by taking a cleaning job at his school – something the Arsenal star wasn’t proud about.
“When she was cleaning in the school I hid because I didn’t like to see her there,” Alexis has said.
But Sanchez would go on to wash cars, do acrobatics in the street to bring in extra income for his family while working his way through the ranks to professional status as a footballer.
Today, he pulls down over $30million a year playing for Arsenal.