Like Hakim Ziyech, Achraf Hakimi also had a difficult childhood. In a new interview with the famous Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, the Atlas Lion opened up for the first time.
Football players are sometimes criticized for the high salaries they receive. These are crazy sums that contrast with the modest origins of some players born in poverty who have dedicated their lives to football to ensure a better future for their families. This is the case for many football stars, including Achraf Hakimi.
The Moroccan international, who is currently winning over everyone thanks to his good performances with Borussia Dortmund, talked on the Spanish television show El Chiringuito, where he gave an image of himself that only few people know.
Born in Madrid in 1998 to Moroccan parents, Hakimi spoke for the first time about his childhood. “It was very complicated, we were poor. My mother cleaned the houses and my father was a street vendor. We come from a modest family that has always struggled to earn a living,” he says.
Achraf Hakimi admits that his parents gave everything to make his dream come true: “They sacrificed themselves for me. They deprived my brothers of many things for me to succeed. Today, I fight every day for them,” he adds.
Referring to his departure to Germany, the Atlas Lion explains that being away from his family encourages him to give his best to make his parents happy. “When I am criticized, it bothers my family and therefore me too, and when I do beautiful things, it obviously makes them happy,” he concludes.