Toby Alderweireld has already had twelve years of no christmas with the family can celebrate
Toby Alderweireld (27) has already had twelve years of no christmas or new year with his family can celebrate. The Belgian professional footballer and former Ajax player must make sacrifices for his existence as an athlete.
“My family I see rarely, to never. My oldest brother has a pair of twins, of whom I have the peter ben: I was not there on the day of their birth, not birthday. I miss every special moment. After twelve years, it starts to weigh,” says Alderweireld in conversation with the Belgian magazine Humo.
On his fifteenth left the footballer of Antwerp, to Amsterdam, to Ajax, to play football, but he felt some time later, all lonely.
“My mother was in her mother’s heart speaking:” Come back home.’ But my father, and the son of a schippersgezin to boarding school, had been sitting, said, ” Toby, no matter what happens, clench your teeth.’ I allowed him not to return. I have him often cursed, but it has made me stronger.”
Cold and loneliness
Alderweireld, who now earns at the London club Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, recognizes that professional footballers live a good life. Yet, that prosperity is not everything to compensate.
“(…) as 16-year-old I stood on Sunday night in the station with my gym bag and my bookbag, waiting on the last train to Amsterdam, for a ride of two hours, into an unknown family, while you are actually at home. It had something of a scene from a movie: that platform, the cold, the loneliness. Of course, we have professional footballers have a great life, but money is not everything.”