Eliaquim Mangala motivated by paralysed sibling

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We love to see players play for the badge on the front of their shirt, but Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala draws inspiration from something a little closer to home.

The Frenchman's older brother, Daniel was involved in an accident which left him paralysed when Mangala was just five years old, and the City man says it's his sibling more than anything else which drives him on in his career, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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Mangala describes his older brother as a "keen footballer" before his accident, which has left him confined to a wheelchair ever since.

Now, as a professional footballer at one of Europe's biggest clubs, and a full French international, Mangala uses his brother's condition to spur him on.


Speaking to French newspaper, Aujord’hui en France, Mangala said: "I have to live with the fact my brother was paralysed. He used to be a keen footballer before his accident.

“WheneverI play a match I play for him as well as myself. My motivation has been increased tenfold."

While some players may be motivated by success, money or fame, for Mangala it's all about family, and fulfilling his and his brothers dreams.

"I want to go as far as I can in football for the sake of my brother, who has not had the opportunity to do so himself. I represent my family when I am out on the field. I give everything, and never short-change anyone," he said.


Having such a tragic accident rip through your family at a young age could cause lasting damage to some children, but 23-year-old believes the experience has shaped his character.

Despite a rise through the ranks of European football, Mangala arrived at City via Standard Liege in Beligum's Jupiler Pro League and Portuguese giants Porto, he refuses to take anything for granted

He told Aujord'hui en France: "I have always behaved humbly, as you never know what tomorrow might bring.

“I am on an upward spiral but everything could be turned on its head, for instance, by a serious injury. The ordeal of my brother has made me mature as a person.

“Your life can change dramatically overnight. I feel a responsibility to play well for both my sake and his.”

Price tag

Mangala's motivations may be clear, and somewhat heartfelt, but his performances in a City shirt have so far been inconsistent since his record breaking move to the Premier League champions.

The £32million fee paid by City made him the most expensive defender in British football, and he fully justified the price tag with his debut performance against Chelsea. However, on his next league outing, a trip to Hull, he looked far less assured and struggled against a mid-table outfit.

With the verdict still out on the French international, he admitted the big transfer fee has it's downfalls, "I feel proud to be the most expensive defender in history but the price tag brings about big expectations,” he said.

“I signed a five-year contract and it is down to me to show that Manchester City made a good choice.”

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