Junior Firpo wants to be a role model for kids

The Real Betis defender played for his local team until he was 17 years old, which he believes can be a motivation for any footballers.

Spanish left-back Junior Firpo is enjoying his first professional season with Spanish La Liga side Real Betis.

He’s been with the team since 2014, but he debuted in the Spanish top-flight in 2018.

And he feels his story can motivate others.

“No, it will never be easy playing in the top flight. It doesn’t matter how many games you play or how many years you play, it will never be easy,” he told Marca.

“The best players are there and every team has quality players and nothing is easy.”

“It was a bit strange because during the season, before each game, I was always very nervous. I was anxious in training and at home, or maybe it was my desire to play,” he explained.

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“I knew that the boss had a lot of confidence in me, he spoke with me a lot and he calmed me down.”

He continued: “I never thought about this ‘boom’ because I haven’t had much time to settle in and think about how things are going.”

“I didn’t think about these things with the injury, I got on with it and therefore I never had the time to say that things were going well.”

“My story can help the kids that are in their local teams, it’s a question of working hard in life. At 13 or 14, I never imagined I’d be where I am today,” he said.

“My friends go crazy because I’m lucky enough to be a footballer for Betis and they’ve come to the Villamarin.”

“They watched me in my first game as a professional against Real Madrid, I remember that the stadium as incredible, I’d been in the stands lots of times but I never imagined that it could be like this o the pitch, I told them,” he added.

“Now lots of my friends are Betis fans, they didn’t have a team, they supported Malaga a bit but now they’ve become Betis fans.”

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