Kean recounts his story


Moise Kean talked about his upbringing in a video for the Player’s Tribune: “I have suffered when I have a kid, it was not easy, I did not have an ordinary childhood like the other children. Sometimes I think about it and feel I have been lucky to have all of this today. I thank God every day.”

“My first memory with a ball is at the Asti’s oratory. We were hosting tournaments on an asphalt pitch, where you get hurt if you fall down. The games were intense and every player had to play 10 euros to enter. One day I was so desperate that I stole the ball from the priest: his drawer was always open. When you play in those conditions you learn to have the right kind of hunger. You learn that football, like life, has its ups and down. When you grown up in that way even the harshest tackles by Giorgio Chiellini in practice no longer look that frightening. Once I tried to shake him with a trick and he levelled me no questions asked. I am practicing with much stronger players now but I always look back at the kids in the oratory because that is where everything begun.”

“My life has changed since I debuted with Juventus at 16. I had been training with the first team for a while, against Pescara the coach asked me to warm up and I was in disbelief. Time was running out, we were up by three goals. I had lost faith, but then I subbed in with ten minutes to go. It was an incredible emotion, everybody clapped for me. In that moment, I thought about all the games played at the Don Bosco oratory had led me to featuring next to Gianluigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio. I had never experienced such a strong feeling in my whole life. Everything I got was given to me by God and the street: it teaches you how to be a man, the reality of life and the nature of what surrounds you, whether good or evil.”

Speaking of the young striker, he was part of a recent list compiled as usual by the football observatory CIES, which ranked the most valuable sub-20 players in the world. The chart is topped by Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (€150.3M), followed by Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi (€70.1M) and Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo (€67.4). Kean comes in 20th position with a €20.3 estimated price tag.

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