Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke admits he owes his career to his hardline father.
His form has seen him coveted by some of the game‚Äôs big hitters and boss Paul Lambert values him at no less than ¬£25m. Not bad for a player Villa signed for ¬£7m last summer.
To his dad he‚Äôs priceless, even though the powerhouse striker‚Äôs no-nonsense father often has the final word on footballing matters and will tell it like it is again after today‚Äôs visit of Fulham.
Benteke told the Daily Star: ‚ÄúWhen my father has spoken to me about my responsibilities as a person, he has always said, ‚ÄėBe a man and be confident in yourself‚Äô. So this is how I am.
‚ÄúMy father is a very hard man, I think because of his military background. He doesn‚Äôt mince his words.
‚ÄúHe tells me that the career of a footballer isn‚Äôt long so I must take full advantage of it. My mother is much softer. She speaks with her heart.
‚ÄúDad 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!‚ÄĚ
He added: ‚ÄúAfter the Manchester United game he told me I played well but he also said, ‚ÄėI wanted you to score but you didn‚Äôt‚Äô.
‚ÄúBut he has brought us up well. Not just my education but also for my little brother and sister.‚ÄĚ