Almost all soccer players have an idol club when they were little. They must be trying to defend their idol club one day.
However, the ideals that have been proclaimed as a child cannot always be realized. Many players do not have the luck to strengthen their idol club.
When he became a professional player, not a few players actually strengthened the club that became their mortal enemy as a child. Who are they?
Here are five players who supported rival clubs as a kid.
Luka Modric has had great success since arriving at Real Madrid in 2012. He helped Los Blancos win a number of trophies including La Liga and the Champions League.
Even so, it turns out that Modric was a loyal Barcelona fan as a child. This was conveyed directly by Modric’s Croatia teammate Ivan Rakitic.
I often joke with him [Modric], asking him not to be angry, because he is even more cule [Barca fans] than me,” Rakitic said.
“When we were young we all had favourites, and it’s no secret that Luka loves the red and blue colours.”
Raheem Sterling currently plays for Manchester City. Before coming to the Etihad, the England international was part of Liverpool.
Interestingly, Sterling apparently grew up as a Manchester United fan. In fact, he has the club uniform that won the FA Cup version in 2007 ago.
“I shouldn’t be saying this – definitely not now! – but when I was a kid, I was a huge United fan. I have the old United shirt, when they won the FA Cup.”
Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne is now a star at Manchester City. The Belgian midfielder has defended The Citizens since 2015 after being brought in from Wolfsburg.
However, the 30-year-old was previously a Liverpool supporter. He has supported the Merseyside club since childhood and so has his extended family.
“I am a Liverpool fan. My family who live in England are all Liverpool supporters, so am I,” De Bruyne told Match of the Day Magazine.
Luke Shaw started his career at Southampton. Shaw signed for Manchester United in 2014 and has already played 202 games for the Red Devils.
When he was young, Shaw turned out to be a Chelsea fan. This is inseparable from his residence which is not far from the headquarters of the London club.
“Playing Chelsea is a huge event for my family and friends, because I grew up around Chelsea’s headquarters in London,” Shaw said as reported by Inside United.
“I used to watch their games when I was a kid, I’m sure the public knows that.”
Paul Pogba rejoined Manchester United in 2016. The 28-year-old midfielder came to Old Trafford with the status of the world’s most expensive player.
Interestingly, young Pogba turned out to be a big Arsenal fan. At that time the player who made Pogba fall in love with the Gunners was French striker, Thierry Henry.
“Arsenal have a lot of French players. I am a big Arsenal fan, especially Thierry Henry, because I always watch the action,” Pogba told Football Focus .
But I watch a lot of Arsenal games, and they have always been a great club,” said the French national team player.