Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe admits losing his passion at the club

Leeds United East Stand

The South African has been speaking about his footballing journey.

There is absolutely no doubt that South African defender Lucas Radebe holds legendary status at Leeds United. He arrived at Elland Road from Kaizer Chiefs in his homeland back in 1994 along with Phil Masinga and went on to become an icon at the club.

The towering defender was a modern day centre-back before his time. Over the course of 11 years with Leeds he became their number one defender and helped them to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001.

But he has admitted this week that there was a time when he lost his passion for the game whilst with Leeds.

He is reported by South African site Kick Off to have stated:

“When I look back on my journey, I learned this: Find your passion, then follow it. No matter what your mom says. Sometimes you lose that passion, like I did at Leeds United, but you always get it back.”

Unfortunately the latter stages of his career were marred by knee injuries but Radebe was, and still is, a footballing icon to Leeds fans.

There is no doubt that Radebe had some tough times toward the end of his illustrious career.

He played just 18 times in his final two seasons at Leeds and spent the entire 2001-02 season out of action with a succession of knee injuries.

But there is no doubt that he still today holds his beloved Leeds in great regard.

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