Football has given everything to Santi Cañizares. He has experienced success with Real Madrid and Valencia, has won Olympic gold with Spain and he has felt the love of the fans, but he has also seen its other side. The side that keeps you away from your family when you’re just a boy, that keeps you out of a world cup because of a jar of cologne, the hard training, the substitutions, and the defeats.
One day he decided that he wanted to be a footballer and that he’d make all the sacrifices necessary to get to the top. Many years later, his son Lucas, at just ten years old, would make the same choice. Daddy, I want to be a Footballer! is a book written by someone who has trodden the long path to success and whose son is now on that very same path. It is a manual for parents facing their child’s wish to be a professional footballer.
But it is also a story about the glories and miseries of football. Because football can give you everything but it’s no bed of roses. If your child wants to be a footballer, tell them to forget about autographs, pretty girls and luxury coaches. Read this book and learn to train them for the difficult times, teach them not to give up and especially to make sure they’re always having fun.
All the advice, recommendations and reflections that I share with my son so he can achieve his goal.
In a world as difficult as football, take some advice from an expert.