Ex-Chelsea and Senegalese striker Demba Ba revealed how he borrowed money to feed as a young player.
The Paris-born Ba shared how difficult it was to start life as a professional footballer.
The Senegalese striker Started his professional football carrier in France, and earned himself a contract worth £900-a-month at fourth tier side Rouen, but recalls that he still had to borrow money to feed in the first month.
According to a post by The Athletic, Ba said: “My first contract at Rouen (in the French fourth division) had been for €1,063 net, per month, and I had to borrow €300 in the first month for food.
The Ex Striker remembered how he stroguled to seek for an offer at the hands of Watford, Barnsley, Swansea and Gillingham but all to no avail.
The Former Senegalese player said that, “Ninety per cent of the time, the feedback I got was, ‘We have the same quality of player in the squad already.’
“They didn’t realise that I was training twice a week with amateurs at the time, not six times a week with professionals.
“I was told, ‘You’re not good enough’, but I didn’t want to hear that, to me it was, ‘You’re not good enough for me’.
“I just refused to give up. I remember writing letters to the top 40 clubs in France, by hand, asking for a trial.
“I never thought about rejection, only the next chance.”
Despite the early rejection, Ba eventually had a successful career in England after making a name for himself at Hoffenheim, playing for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea.
Although the forward didn’t win any major honours at either three clubs, he maintained a prolific goal scoring record.
Ba scored 50 goals in 122 games for his English clubs, before moving on to Turkish side Besiktas in 2014.