The ‘modern day footballer’ is often portrayed as someone who has become too rich at too young an age – spoilt, vain and egotistical, and with no idea how the world outside the footballing realm operates.
While that may be true for some footballers, it cannot be said for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. In a remarkable expression of humility, the England international has posted a very inspirational message on Instagram, showing his gratitude for what he has achieved in the past two years.
Grateful for everything that I've been blessed with in my life. 2 years ago I didn't think if be given… http://t.co/cqyS7fIJIN— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) May 23, 2014
‘Grateful for everything that I've been blessed with in my life’, he wrote. ‘2 years ago I didn't think if be given the number 9 shirt for England in a World Cup. To everyone who doubts themselves anything is possible’.
Back in January 2013 Sturridge was leaving his second big club. Having failed to settle first at Manchester City and then at Chelsea, he was on his way to Liverpool, a team who until then were perceived to be just fighting for a top-four spot in the Premier League and nothing more.
However, what has happened in the last 18 or some months is nothing less than sensational. While under Brendan Rodgers, the Reds have jumped from seventh in the Premier League to second, Sturridge has established himself as one of the best strikers in the English top flight. 10 goals and three assists in the second half of the 2012-13 campaign were followed by 21 goals and seven assists in just 26 starts in the league in 2013-14.
And now Sturridge will lead the line for England at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Two years ago he was just another striker dreaming to play regularly for the Three Lions, now he will be a key player for manager Roy Hodgson in South America.
How things have changed!