Is Luis Obinda the Red Devil who has undergone the most impressive transformation in recent years?
At Club Brugge, many still describe the striker as a questionable case, but the path Obinda subsequently completed has been quite impressive.
Top scorer for Dutch club Vitesse, then an absolute trendsetter for Lens in Ligue 1 and now a goal-guarantor for RB Leipzig in Germany.
At the Energy Drink Club, the frequent goalscorer scored 11 goals in 15 matches. punishment.
Reason enough to have a good chat with Obinda, who is already a fan favorite at Leipzig.
“The beginning of my career at Club Brugge was difficult,” the striker recalls of his steep rise to Sportweekend.
“When I was a boy, I ended up in a group of professionals and wondered out loud whether I was good enough to play with them. In front of tens of thousands of people… (the hits) the pressure was great.”
“But now I no longer have doubts. I know that anything is possible if I put my mind to something. Sometimes I have a feeling before a match. Then I wake up and say: ‘Today I will score.’
What Opinda is selling is certainly not hyperbole – an entertaining meeting will show that later.
Firstly: The Liège native always thanks his mother, Maryam, for every success. The first photo on his Instagram page is an old photo with his mother.
The caption read: “The only reason I’m alive.”
“My mother is truly the most important person in the world to me,” Obinda reiterates in our interview.
“When I was young, I felt proud to be her son. Today I want her to be proud of what I do too. It motivates me when I know she is on the field cheering me on.”
And then our journalist Sami Nirenke made a deal with Obenda: “Do I want to make a heart after my next goal for all mothers? (Ray) No problem, with pleasure.”
And look, just two days later, the striker scored a penalty against Freiburg and made a huge two-finger flip.
A man of his word.
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