The Danish international is playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world, but all was not rosy for him.
Martin Braithwaite (29) is now a player of one of the biggest clubs in the world: FC Barcelona. Admittedly, he does not play a lot (11 starts for 26 La Liga matches and 2 goals scored) but he rubs shoulders with stars of his sport on a daily basis and it is already not bad. Especially since the attacker drooled before getting there. The former Toulousain revealed to CNN that he went through a complicated childhood. Between 5 and 7 years old, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease is detected. This rare infantile disease affects the hip and gradually necroses the femoral head. During his treatment, Braithwaite has to spend his life in a wheelchair. An episode from which he suffered a lot, especially from the eyes of other children.
“I don’t have a lot of memories, it’s such a sad moment. You look at all the other children running around, smiling, playing. It hurts. It was a very difficult time in my life. I remember the awkward feeling… that feeling of being different. You didn’t want that kind of attention, ”he recalls, deep inside him dreaming of getting out of it and becoming a professional football player. “I always wanted to be a football player. Since I was very young, I had nothing else in mind. I didn’t have a plan B. When there is no plan B, you don’t get distracted. ” Time, patience and selflessness finally proved him right.