Barcelona star Raphinha has opened up about his tough childhood and revealed how he used to ask people for money on the street to eat, while several of his friends became involved in crime and drug trafficking.
The 25-year-old who hails from Porto Alegre in Brazil moved to Barcelona this summer for a £56million fee.
He was previously a fan favourite at Leeds and several clubs courted the Brazilian before he moved to the Nou Camp.
Raphinha has also won nine caps for Brazil, scoring three times, and is expected to be a part of their team for the World Cup this winter.
However, the Brazil international has opened up on his ubringing and revealed what obstacles he had to overcome to reach the very top of the game.
‘I need to tell you a truth: it’s very complicated,’ he told UOL Esporte via Marca. ‘For someone born in a neighborhood like me, it’s hard to stay focused.
‘I’m from Restinga (a neigbhourhood in Porto Alegre). It’s hard to follow your path and not go astray. Opportunities appear, and there are many.
‘They promise an easier way to earn money. And that’s where people get lost. I never got out of the way, but I was a witness, I walked alongside people who were getting lost.