Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite is set to play tonight’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.
And Braithwaite scored the goal, which led Barcelona to this game by beating Sevilla by 3 goals for Barca; But the Danish international hasn’t always been able to play football.
When he was between five and seven, he suffered from a form of osteoporosis of the hip and spent time in a wheelchair.
Braithwaite said – in an interview with “CNN” – that “I don’t have a lot of memories because it’s a sad time”.
“You watch all the other kids run around and smile and play,” he continued – trying to remember that time in his life. “It’s painful, it’s clear it was a really tough time in my life.”
“I remember the feeling, how can you put it, the awkwardness of being different… you didn’t want that kind of attention,” he continued.
Braithwaite had always considered becoming a footballer while growing up. “Since I was very young, I had nothing else in mind… I didn’t have a plan B so, when there is no plan B, don’t be distracted. “.