Emmanuel Gyasi, a Ghanaian striker, has spoken out about his past, revealing that he used to play barefoot on sand pitches in Ghana.
Gyasi was born in Palermo, Italy, but raised in Ghana, where he developed an interest in football. However, things did not go well for him right away.
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, he said, “From the age of five to eleven, I lived in Ghana, and it was there that I fell in love with football.”
“I dreamed of imitating my first idol: Ronaldinho. Every play of his was a joy and I tried to imitate him. On Sundays, I played games with my friends on the pitch without grass and all barefoot. Pure fun and no one was going to miss it. I often think back to those moments. Those games made me hungry to get to Serie A and face Cr7 [Cristiano Ronaldo].
“Growing up I got passionate about him too and it was crazy to face him. I still get chills. In Turin he came to look for me to give me his shirt, I was about to faint.”
When Gyasi was asked what he would say to his first idol Ronaldinho over dinner, he replied, “For dinner with him, I probably wouldn’t ask him anything, but I’d only say thank you because with his football he made many children like me happy”
Gyasi has scored five goals this season for Spezia who are in a good position to stay in the top flight.