Arsenal Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi has revealed the reason why he isn’t living a flamboyant lifestyle unlike other footballers.
Iwboi who admitted he earns very well at Arsenal said his uncle Austin Okocha and his parents have helped him stay grounded despite the hype surrounding him after a remarkable 18 months with Arsenal and Nigeria.
He insist he is the same person he was two years ago before the fame and the money , however he also revealed he gets reminded by people on who he is right now.
“Two years ago you could just come in, I’d normally go back to my old area and play in my cage and no one would bother me, but if I go and play in my cage now – ‘ahhh Alex Iwobi’s here’. I’m still getting used to that because I still feel like I’m the same as my friends and the same person as two years ago, but when people are like ‘do you know what you’ve done?’
“Obviously I was lucky to have an uncle that played football, so he still gives me advice from time to time, but my mum and dad keep me grounded.
“The more I’m progressing, the more money, the more the fame comes with it, but they’re helping me invest because football is a really short career, so they’re also making me think about life outside of football as well a bit more, but I’m not one to go spending and living a flashy lifestyle, I try to keep as humble as I can and I’m still the same.
“That’s what I’m going to keep on saying, I’m still the same person as I was two years ago.”