I hawked pepper, sold pure water, tomatoes and fruits – Wilfred Ndidi shares a motivating story of his life

Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has recounted how he did menial jobs back in the country to support his mother before he became a professional footballer.

According to the Leicester City star, he hawked pepper, groundnut, among other things just to support his mom while growing up. He said none of the things he sold gave him fame more than groundnut and that was where he got the nickname ‘groundnut boy’.

The footballer revealed these during an interview with Nigerian football journalist Oluwashina Okeleji via The Frame online publication platform.

Well, all that is in the past now as the football star is living out his dream life while playing for a Premier League club, Leicester City in the United Kingdom.

Wilfred Ndidi, 24, have been voted best tackler in the EPL twice while his impacts were felt by the Foxes when he was ruled out due to injury earlier this season.

Speaking during the interview he said:

“I did different things. Sometimes I hawked pepper, I sold water [sachets], tomatoes and fruits for my mother.

But I became famous for selling [groundnut] peanuts. They call me the groundnut boy. I did all these things to support my mother.

As a side hustle, to get my own personal money I was wiping the windscreens for cars held (up) in traffic. If I’m lucky sometimes I make about N2000 (almost R80) in a day but the highest I made was N3000 (around R118).”

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