Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke admits he owes his career to his hardline father.
His form has seen him coveted by some of the gameâs big hitters and boss Paul Lambert values him at no less than ÂŁ25m. Not bad for a player Villa signed for ÂŁ7m last summer.
To his dad heâs priceless, even though the powerhouse strikerâs no-nonsense father often has the final word on footballing matters and will tell it like it is again after todayâs visit of Fulham.
Benteke told the Daily Star: âWhen my father has spoken to me about my responsibilities as a person, he has always said, âBe a man and be confident in yourselfâ. So this is how I am.
âMy father is a very hard man, I think because of his military background. He doesnât mince his words.
âHe tells me that the career of a footballer isnât long so I must take full advantage of it. My mother is much softer. She speaks with her heart.
âDad tells me the reality. If I am rubbish in a game, he lets me know. Sometimes he says that he is pleased with me but he will tell me when I am s**t!â
He added: âAfter the Manchester United game he told me I played well but he also said, âI wanted you to score but you didnâtâ.
âBut he has brought us up well. Not just my education but also for my little brother and sister.â