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See the five footballers that overcame poverty

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Football has a way of gathering people together to watch their teams play each other. One key thing is that football helps footballers foot their bills and also elevates them from poverty.

Here is a list of footballers that overcame poverty:

1. Sadio Mané

Mané pursued a career in football despite his father forbidding him from playing the sport as a child. He currently resides in Allerton and has been burgled twice, once in November 2017 and again in February 2019. He is a practising Muslim and occasionally is seen making du'a before the start of each match.

2. Franck Ribery

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Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Fiorentina. He primarily plays as a winger, preferably on the left side although being right-footed, and is known for pace, energy, skill and precise passing. 

Ribéry was born on 7 April 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais and raised in a low-income neighbourhood on the fringes of the city.

When he was two years old, he and his family were involved in a car accident in his hometown, colliding with a lorry; he suffered serious facial injuries that resulted in more than one hundred stitches and which left two long scars down the right side of his face, and another across his brows.

Prior to joining Stade Brestois in 2003, he worked as a construction worker with his father, which Ribéry referred to as a "learning experience".

3. Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez, also known simply as Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Inter Milan, on loan from English club Manchester United, and the Chile national team. He is popularly dubbed "El Niño Maravilla".

Sánchez had a statue erected in his honour within his native town of Tocopilla in March 2017.

In October 2015, Sánchez was named as a brand ambassador for Huawei. He appeared in an advert to the tune of Blondie's "One Way or Another" for Huawei which made its debut in November 2016.

In February 2017, Sánchez signed a sponsorship deal with Pepsi.

I built two football pitches because I wanted kids to have a decent pitch to play on as I never had that, says Alexis Sanchez.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan. Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career. 

Ibrahimović was born in Malmö, Sweden, on 3 October 1981. He was born to a Muslim Bosniak father, Šefik Ibrahimović, who emigrated to Sweden in 1977, and a Catholic Croat mother, Jurka Gravić, who also emigrated to Sweden where the couple first met.

His father was born in Bijeljina (in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina), and his mother in the village of Prkos in Škabrnja, in the SFR Yugoslavia (modern-day Croatia).

He had a Catholic Christian upbringing.

5. Angel Di Maria

Ángel Fabián Di María is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team. He can play as either a winger or attacking midfielder.

Di María was born on 14 February 1988 in Rosario, Santa Fe, as one of three children of Miguel and Diana, and grew up in Perdriel. As an infant, he was unusually active, and on recommendation of a doctor was signed up for football at age three.

He also helped his parents with their work at a local coal yard along with his two sisters, Vanesa and Evelyn. Due to the low income his family earned, purchasing football boots and keeping up with Di María's hobby was difficult for his parents. He considers himself to be a "family man" and has used a significant amount of his salary to "give back" to his family.

After being transferred to Benfica, he asked his father not to work anymore and purchased a house for his parents and sisters.

"My father worked at a coal yard with my mother, it was a horrible experience. Both me and my sisters worked at the coal yard as well. I started aged 10. It was hard" said by Angel Di Maria in a report.

Although, we know they are host of football players that should be on this list. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramirez etc. They all contributed hugely in the clubs they played for despite their poor background.

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