Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has narrated how he struggled growing up on the streets of Lagos.
Wilfred Ndidi has revealed how he struggled to support his family and the hurdles, he had to overcome achieve his dream while growing up as a child on the streets of Lagos.
Ndidi joined premier league side Leicester City in January 2017 from Belgian club Genk for a reported £17 million transfer deal.
The 23-year-old whose father was a military personnel did not support his hopes of having a bright footballing career according to Ndidi.
He wanted him to attend a school like every parent desires for their child, he would punish and whip him for choosing to play football instead.
Speaking on Out of Home Podcast.“Though we had some ups and downs and trying to meet up with some bills, I was always there for my mum,” said Ndidi.
“My mum was a food vendor, and I supported her by hawking. I don’t regret that because growing up was really tough because it was all about survival. There were no fruits that I didn’t sell.
“It was difficult because my dad wanted me to go to school but there was no money. he added
“I was the market boy, and I was known mostly for selling groundnuts because it comes out every season. Just name them – I sold peppers, tomatoes, and avocado. We basically sold fruits that came with different seasons. All these were done to survive in the military zone and outside.”
The Super Eagles and Leicester midfielder has gone on to make a name for himself, for both club and country, being one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment.