Arsenal Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi has revealed why he isn’t living a flamboyant lifestyle, unlike other footballers.
Iwobi, who admitted he earns very well at Arsenal, says his uncle Austin Okocha and his parents helped him stay grounded despite the hype surrounding him after a remarkable 18 months with Arsenal and Nigeria.
He insisted he is the same person he was two years ago before the fame and the money, however, he also revealed he got reminded by people on who he is right now.
“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?’
“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.”
via: INFORMATION NIGERIA