Everton midfielder Ross Barkley stars in a point-of-view video reenacting his journey from the quiet streets of Wavertree to playing Premier League football at Goodison Park.
The 22-year-old narrates his road to the top-flight himself (watch below), retelling how his mum would tell him off for wasting time playing video games to pass the time in his sleepy hometown.
Barkley recalls how he eventually chose to ditch the Playstation controller to start taking life on the real pitch more seriously in a bid to play at the home his beloved Toffees, Goodison Park.
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The England international remembers how close come he came to giving up football after he broke his leg in three places and doctors told him he would never make it back onto the pitch.
Barkley remembers the daily agony of working towards a comeback, but with the support of his teammates, he returned to competitive football on a day he will never forget.
The Everton star deserves an enormous amount of credit for clawing his way to the highest level after suffering such a devastating setback.
Despite since picking up his fair share of less brutal injuries, Barkley’s determination has driven his ability to cement a place as one of the key men in Roberto Martinez’s side, which currently sits 12th in the Premier League table.
Everton will take on Manchester City in a Capital One Cup semi-final at the Etihad Stadium tonight.