Super Eagles player, Obafemi Martins, who is currently playing for Levante Football Club of Spain, has revealed that he was a school dropout when he started his footballer career on the streets of Lagos.
Martins told Marca, Spain’s number one sports daily, that he started playing football without shoes, with friends.
Martins, who began his professional career at the age of 16, disclosed that the first club he played for was Ebeidei FC of Lagos before he moved to Europe.
“I did not finish my school before I started playing football. I speak my dialect, English and Italian and very soon I’ll be speaking Spanish. My destination was football. I will always remember how my parents were crying when I went to Italy,” says the player who was part of Levante team that beat Getafe FC 1-0 over the weekend in the La Liga.
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Levante and the Nigeria national team. He is known for his speed on the ball. After leaving Nigeria for Italy at age 16, he has since played for a number of top-division clubs around Europe. He began his senior career in 2002 at the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, before moving to the English Premier League club Newcastle in 2006, and then the German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg in 2009. Having joined Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in July 2010, they loaned him to Birmingham City in January 2011.