In an interview with Sport1, RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano credited his parents for giving him the proper support structure to help him achieve his dreams. Upamencano will move to Bayern Munich in the summer, but knows he could not have done it without the help of his parents.
“It was clear to my parents early on that I wanted to be a footballer. But in the youth teams you also have a lot of frustrating moments: You lost, you played badly yourself. But when When I came home disappointed, they said: ‘Cheer up! Come on, it goes on!’ They built me up,” Upamecano said. “So the feeling and the conviction grew in me that I will push my way through. So they have always supported me, in whatever way. Today, they are proud of me — and I of them.”
Upamecano did not always have things come easy in his home, however. The 22-year-old grew up with four sisters and a younger brother after all.
“Well, with four women by my side it was a bit difficult, it still is today,” said Upamecano, while laughing. “In terms of age, I’m right in the middle of it. When we talk or watch football, it’s always — let’s put it this way — a bit complicated. In my childhood, however, I spent most of the time outside and on the neighborhood soccer fields with my friends.”