Inspiring Rags To Riches Story of 6 World Class Sports persons

The lives of sports persons are not as easy and glamorous as we think. Everyone has to fight their struggles to reach the top position.Sporty Values and respects the sports persons, is an open sports social media platform that allows them to showcase their talents and skills.
August 2, 2023
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We have always felt happy and proud of those sportspersons who have achieved accolades and big achievements through various social media and newspapers. 

We will all praise those achievers after those winnings. The real hard work and dedication they put in are praiseworthy!

But have you ever thought of the real struggles that they had to face while growing up as a sportsperson? In the majority of parts of the world, they are only receiving little appreciation or encouragement at the beginning of their careers.

Once they are successful all the world will be there to praise them and take credit for their success. Many successful sports persons have even come forward by sharing their struggles. This is the case with not only men but women too.

 Well, let us see in this article the inspiring stories of such people.

1. Francis Ngannou

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Francis Ngannou is a famous Mixed martial artist from Cameron. His strong willpower and dedication are what played a major role in his success. He lived in extreme poverty and had little school education while growing up. 

His parents divorced when he was at the age of 6. His childhood was spent with his aunt. He had to do various odd jobs when he was a childlike working in a sand quarry to make ends meet.

His father was a street fighter and various gangs compelled him to join their team, which he declined. He always wanted to do something good. Finally, he opted for professional boxing.

He struggled a lot in his initial days. He headed France, by crossing the border illegally and was jailed in Spain for two months.

Finally, after reaching Paris, he had no money, friends, or a place to live. He met Fernand Lopez through a friend of his and was introduced to the MMA factory.

Then the rest is history! 

2. LeBron James

LeBron James

World-famous basketball champion LeBron James once lived with four generations of his family in a small town. During his childhood, he and his mother were homeless many times and were moving from apartment to apartment.

In the hope of getting a better life, his mother allowed him to live with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach. It was Frank Walker, who introduced the game of basketball to LeBron James at the age of 9. He had to work hard to reach the top!

Later he won 4 MVP awards and two NBA championship rings!

3. Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe

The US soccer team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup had a famous star player, Megan Rapinoe. She was the captain of the team and played a big role in the team’s success. She had openly admitted that she is a gay woman and her strong support for the rights of women and LGBTQ. 

She had to face much discrimination while growing up. She outcasted them all with her strong dedication and hard work! Kudos to this brave lady!

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers that the world has ever seen. This small man has conquered millions of football fans with his extraordinary skills. 

But he too had his struggles to overcome to reach this position. At the age of eleven, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency and his father did not have enough money to afford the treatment for his disease. But he was still very good at playing football. Later, the Spanish league giant Barcelona noticed his skills and agreed to pay the cost of the treatment.

That’s when his career began to flourish.

5. Mary Kom

Mary Kom

Mary Kom was born in a remote village in Manipur. Her parents were farmers who worked in the jhum fields. She had to face severe poverty during her childhood where there were not many facilities for her to train in Boxing. She helped her parents with farming-related chores during her childhood. At the age of 15, she left her hometown to join the Imphal Sports Academy. Then the rest is history.

She was crowned as World Boxing Champion 5-times. 

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly another greatest footballer of all time. He was born in Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Viveiros de Aveiro, a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener and part-time kit man. 

His mother has even once revealed that they were planning to abort Ronaldo due to extreme poverty, but the Doctor refused. His father was affected by alcoholism and this led to many issues in his family. He grew up in an impoverished Catholic home, sharing the room with all his siblings. He also had cardiac surgery due to certain issues with his heart.

From the same Ronaldo, he is now one of the top scorers in football history.

Summing Up

The lives of sports persons are not as easy and glamorous as we think. Everyone has to fight their struggles to reach the top position.

It was only their sheer determination and willpower that aided them in their success. But not any other ones.

Sporty Values and respects the sports persons, is an open sports social media platform that allows them to showcase their talents and skills.

Let the world see your true potential and who knows you may land up in your favourite sports team…

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