Chelsea fans have grown rather fond of Victor Moses.
Antonio Conte has converted him from an OK winger to one of the best full-backs in the Premier League.
Last season, Chelsea were head and shoulders above every other team in the division, and Moses played a key role in their title-winning campaign.
But what many don’t know about the Nigeria star is that his childhood was marked by a devastating tragedy.
Victor’s father, Austin, was a Christian pastor in the Muslim majority city of Kaduna, and his mother, Josephine, assisted her husband with his work. In 2002, when Moses was only 11, riots erupted and both his parents were attacked in their home. As Moses played football in the street, he was delivered the news that both his parents had been killed.
Moses became a target too. He was hidden by friends for a week before being sent to England, where he lived with foster parents in south London.
He knew nobody in England when he first arrived.
“Definitely, wherever they [my parents] are at the moment, they should be proud of me, looking down being proud,” Moses said in an interview in the Guardian.
Although he didn’t elaborate too much on his parents’ murders and how it affected him, but he did mention how the childhood trauma spurred him on to where he is today.
“It has been a long journey [from Nigeria] and I just want to keep strong and work hard for myself, whether it’s football or not football,” Moses added. “I have to thank God for being where I am, it’s like a dream come true and, if I keep working hard, who knows, I’ll probably end up in Barcelona one day.”
Moses has been out of action for much of this season, and Chelsea have looked as though they’ve missed him. Although they’ve found form recently, they were beaten by Manchester City and looked shambolic in defence during the 3-0 defeat by Roma.
He’ll be back in the team soon and, knowing his strength of character, we’re sure he’s up for a fight until the end against City for the Premier League title.