Edouard Mendy, from grass to Grace From Unemployment to Chelsea
Senegalese 🇸🇳 International goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, has gone through some hardship en route to where he is today, as back in 2014 he was left without a team after departing French football fourth-tier side Cherbourg.Hard work, consistency, sacrifices, belief, support and hope,” Mendy wrote on Instagram after AFCON 2021.
“I had unemployment support at that time so I could dedicate myself totally to football,” he said back in 2020.
Edouard Mendy, from grass to Grace From Unemployment to Chelsea
“But it was incredibly difficult and my partner was expecting our first baby. Unemployment support wasn’t going to be enough for us. We needed something else, so I started looking for other work.
Edouard Mendy, from grass to Grace From Unemployment to Chelsea
“Then I had the opportunity to go to Marseille and I was given a trial there. It was just a case of giving my all to get the opportunity to join that club. Fortunately for me it worked and when it did it was a relief for me.”
six years later, he is not just the only African goalkeeper playing in the English Premier League. He is also regarded as something of a savior for Chelsea, one of the world’s most prestigious clubs.
If someone had said that to me six years ago, when I didn’t have a club,” Mendy said with a smile, “I wouldn’t have even bothered looking at or listening to them.”
Source: Associate press