Patrice Evra has revealed that a "tough childhood"
growing up in Paris helped him forge a successful career in football across
The Frenchman has won a trophy cabinet full of silverware
playing for the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Monaco, winning the
Champions League in 2008 with the Red Devils.
And Evra thinks a lot of his success in football is down to
some of the things he learned on the streets of Paris when he was growing up.
"I'll be honest with you, it was a tough childhood
because I've got many brothers and sisters, so it wasn't easy living in the
street," Evra told United's official podcast. "I was in Paris but
living in the streets and sometimes I wasn't even able to have some food.
"I remember my brother Dominique was working at a
McDonalds and so I was going there and, on his lunch, break he was giving me
his own food.
"I'm not scared to say that I've begged for money in
front of the shops. I've been in front of shops and when I've seen some people
I've said, 'Can I have a Euro?' and sometimes they were giving me the money and
sometimes not, just because I wanted to buy a sandwich.
"It was a tough time, but a happy time. I was always
happy and always felt lucky, I wouldn't change anything, I would keep it that
way because it built the man I am.
"Some people, when you succeed, they just see the end
[result], they just see on the TV the superstar, but actually, on the streets,
I learned so much and it helped me to be strong.
"Especially after the World Cup when I was the captain
and a lot of people were blaming me, but I was still strong because I know on
the streets, I had tougher times than then, with the press talking about
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