But I don't think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. Gareth Bale A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living.
But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers.
Why would you want people following you about all day?
I'm not comfortable being photographed, though I accept it is part of the job.
' Because I've got news for you: when they are on the pitch, they are not saying, ' Hello, how are you? John Mc Enroe You're convincing these big, tough football players to wear what was essentially women's lingerie.
There was a little bit of a Jedi mind trick that needed to take place.
If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing. Ryan Giggs I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn't going to make the grade.
The problem was that I wasn't given the liberty to do certain things when I was young.
Michael Vick Over the years I've learnt to live with two persons in my heart.
I had to ask myself, ' What comes first, being a celebrity or footballer? Thierry Henry As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer.
' Ryan Giggs To be a footballer was just a dream, and I don't believe in dreams. To be honest, I've never thought about what I could get out of football or where it would take me. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground.