Gael Bigirimana will probably start the game against Bordeaux on Thursday night, and anybody who has seen his interviews, since he arrived at Newcastle, will know he’s a very religious person.
Gael Bigirimana – in action against Atromitos in August
Gael has given an interview in the local papers today and he talks about not wanting to be famous, and that he’s just like everybody else – well apart from being a fantastic footballer at just 18 years old..
This is what the 18 year-old said:
“I don’t like the word famous or the word idol for that matter. I would rather be an inspiration than famous. Fame could make other people look at me and think that I am different from them when I’m absolutely not.” “I play football in front of thousands of people, this is true.”
“But you could play football in front of 25 people and it’s just the same. I’m not better than the guy who plays with his friends for fun. My football might be a different level, but we are all people and we are all the same.”
“So I will never think that I’m famous because then you might start acting in a certain manner and thinking you are someone special. I’d rather set a good example to others.” “My faith does keep me grounded. I know not many people believe these days, but my God tells me to be humble and respect people.”
“I like to treat everyone well and I will always try to help when I can.” “ “I do see myself as lucky. I am privileged and I like getting the chance to speak to people about my experience. If they do me the honour of giving me the time then I make sure I get over to them that you can overcome bad times.”
“This has been a dream come true. I have played in the Premier League and in Europe for Newcastle. It’s incredible. I’m always telling people my life is not natural, amazing things keep happening to me. It is a miracle.” “This is something I dreamed about, but you do wonder if it will come true one day and it has for me.”
“It’s crazy. To be involved in the Europa League is not something I even thought of a few months ago. The manager has thrown me in at the deep end and that has been good for me.” “Because that’s football. It isn’t easy. I found that out at Coventry as I tried to establish myself in the youth team and then get to the first team.”
“Football can be disappointing so you must enjoy the good times when they come.”
Gael seems so anxious to learn and be a success at Newcastle, while also keeping his feet firmly on the ground, and he has already said he will follow whatever Alan Pardew thinks is right for his football development.
And he has also said that Alan is like a father figure to him, and certainly the Newcastle manager has shown himself adept at handling the many top Newcastle youngsters.
Gael has made a great start to his career on Tyneside, and with the positive attitude he shows, there’s no reason why this lad cannot become a big success on Tyneside, and this season too.
Gael has so far made 7 appearances for the Newcastle first team.
What do you think?
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