Chelsea and Senegal man Demba Ba has revealed that he had trials with Barnsley, Swansea City and Watford before on his journey towards the big time.
Talking to The Express, Ba stated: "I had no doubts I wanted to be a footballer because that was the only option. Some people have many options but for me football was my only option, so I gave everything."
The former Newcastle and West Ham United striker's love for football is obvious, through his committed performances and spiritual celebrations, but it could have been different had one of the three British clubs made their interest concrete early in his career.
Ba said: "Three of us came over looking for glory or success, it was an adventure. Some of the trials were planned like the ones I had at Barnsley and Swansea, while the one at Watford just happened like that."
Had Barnsley or Watford made him an offer, they could have unearthed a future footballing superstar, but it wasn't to be, and the forward returned to France.
Ba has mainly been a bit-part player at Chelsea this season, finding fist-team opportunities limited under first team boss, Jose Mourinho. T
The Blues signed Ba for an undisclosed fee in 2012, but he has struggled for goals, grabbing just one Premier League goal in 11 appearances so far this season.
Despite this, the hitman remains in good spirits and is happy to be where he is now: "Everything was made for these days. I am happy and proud."