the touching confessions of Martin Brathwaite

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.

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