‘But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.’
‘It makes me feel great, and makes me want to work harder and to continue performing,’ he says. ‘Because after that if your standards drop, people will not accept it. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t see it as more pressure.’
‘For me, nothing was going to come easily… nothing good ever does. I went through every possible stage a footballer could go through. Moving from an Arab country to Europe, you feel the difference in everything from the standard of living to food, to communication.