Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson admits he almost gave up on football after rejection as a teenager.
Not only did he fail to make the grade at Sao Paulo, he was offloaded by his first European club, Portuguese giants Benfica. He ended up at Ribeirao in Portugal's lower leagues, but they did not rate him either — and he again moved on a free transfer.
Recalling the Sao Paulo rejection, he said: “It was a difficult situation.
"I was only 15 years old and I went through a tough moment, spent one month depressed and was thinking of quitting. Luckily, my parents supported me and encouraged me to go back to playing."