Former Sundowns Striker Talks Football Development With Reference To Messi And Ronaldo
Former Mamelodi Sundowns Player Discusses Football Development And Compares It To The Likes Of Lionel Messi And Cristiana Ronaldo
As a 2017 Copa Cola ambassador, former Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Simba Marumo, has discussed the importance of football development by comparing it to world renowned players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Marumo believes that starting early in football is imperative and thinks that the success of Messi and Ronaldo is due to the quality of the development programs they underwent during their youth.
“Starting early is imperative. Ball control and having a good first touch are some of the basics that are taught at this stage. International star players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do such effortlessly day in and day out is because of the quality development programmes they went through at this under-15 stage of their development careers,” Marumo said in a press release.
The 39-year-old is eager to help and inspire the youth of today, partnering up with organisations who are keen on giving back to communities.
“Ever since I hung up my boots, my focus and purpose have mostly been on giving back, identifying and inspiring a new generation of star footballers to take the baton forward from former players like myself. I had so many learnings from the beautiful game and it would be selfish of me not to share that with the upcoming youngsters to realise their dreams and do better than myself,” he added.
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