A little over two years ago, Arsenal Football club’s exciting talent, Alex Iwobi was just an average boy in a football academy in London. But today the hope and aspirations of Arsenal football club of London and the super eagle of Nigeria rest squarely on his shoulder and the young man still feels like every other twenty years old only to be called back to reality by family, friends and well-wishers
The young Iwobi who sees his uncle and Africa’s living legend of the round leather game Jay Jay Okocha as his mentor, says he is well paid at Arsenal FC but his uncle and his parents keep him grounded because football is a very short career.
Alex insist he does not feel like a star, rather he feel he is still the same person he was last year
“Two years ago you could just come in, I’d normally go back to my old area and play in my cage and no one would bother me, but if I go and play in my cage now – ‘ahhh Alex Iwobi’s here’.
I’m still getting used to that because I still feel like I’m the same as my friends and the same person as two years ago, but when people are like ‘do you know what you’ve done?’
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“Obviously I was lucky to have an uncle that played football, so he still gives me advice from time to time, but my mum and dad keep me grounded.
“The more I’m progressing, the more money, the more the fame comes with it, but they’re helping me invest because football is a really short career, so they’re also making me think about life outside of football as well a bit more.”© Nigeriafilms.com