EPL striker reveals he got his first child when he was 14

By Mirror | Friday, Oct 18th 2019 at 15:35
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Aston Villa striker Wesley has revealed how he fathered a child at the tender age of 14.

The Brazilian signed for the midlands club in the summer in a £22.5 million transfer from Club Brugge.

His path to the Premier League took a curious route, going via the Slovakian Super Liga, before Villa snapped him up from Belgium.

But his dream of a career among football's elite was handed a difficult obstacle when he became a father.

"I had my first child when I was 14 years old," Wesley told Sky Sports . "It was difficult because it was during this time that I started to try and play football professionally.

"I had to work in the day and then go to training in the evening.

"I was 14 when I had my first kid, and 16 when I had my second. When I had my children, I told myself I had to do everything to be a football player."

Wesley's own father died when he was just nine years old, and he credits his mother for the work she done in raising him.

Despite having two children to care for, Wesley went for broke when he was 17, embarking on a six-month trip to Spain for a trial with Atletico Madrid.

It proved unsuccessful, but Wesley hailed the experience as "amazing" before heading to France, and then eventually ending up back in Brazil working in a factory where reality began to hit.

"I had to get money for my kids. I would go to a team and every team said no," Wesley added. "I went to six teams before going to Slovakia.

"When I went to the sixth team, I thought I didn't want to play football anymore. I thought it was finished for me. Then I got a chance."

Slovak side Trencin took a punt on his talents after hearing of him trialling around Europe, and despite him struggling to adapt to the freezing conditions, it was there where he cut his cloth as a frontman.

After six goals in 18 appearances, a move to Brugge followed, where he spent three seasons before landing his big break with Villa.

The now-22-year-old is currently averaging a goal every two games for his new club, and is grateful for the opportunity he has been granted.

He added: "Every day, I think about the past - what I was thinking when teams were saying no to me - so I'm very happy now that I have this job."

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