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Do you have what it takes to be a pro footballer?

What does it actually take to be a professional footballer (soccer player for the Americans)?

Nike attempted to find out.

Blood sweat and tears is an aptly named series of videos made by Nike that looks into the lives of professional footballers. The purpose of the video is to show the other sides of a player that we never get to see on the pitch. Each episode explores one aspects of football such as dealing with injuries or playing the mental game. The videos also feature interviews with top professional footballers who share their experiences with football, and lessons they have for other players.

Each video is very powerful and shows the tremendous amount of work and sacrifice required to make it to the top. What these have in common is an undying passion for the game of football, and the heavy price they paid to get to where they are. The players are inspirations to all who wish to chase their dreams and one day become successful. We can learn much from these videos, and the lessons will hopefully bring us success.

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I watch these videos to motivate myself when I feel the going gets tough. To watch others who have worked so much harder than I have makes me want to work even harder. There is no secret to success but hard work and sacrifice. And how high you will go all depends on how much you are willing to give in order to get there.

Let’s support each other in our journey towards the top.

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