Tottenham star Lucas Moura believes that he would have been a criminal if not for football.
Moura grew up in a very dangerous and impoverished area in Brazil.
And he has no illusions about how his life may have turned out, if he was not spotted as a young talent during those years.
"It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs - a criminal life," he said in an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard.
"I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.
"I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer - that's why I didn't go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.
"My parents showed me the good way. The education I had with them and my dream to become a footballer never let me go off the path. It's impossible to imagine doing anything else because I always had in my head that I would be a footballer."