Inter Milan summer signing Carlos Augusto reveals that he wasn’t keen on becoming a footballer during his childhood.
The 24-year-old joined the Nerazzurri this year following a breakout Serie A campaign with Monza. Since then, he earned his first call-up for the Brazilian national team.
Yet, there was a time when the wingback wasn’t even sure he wanted to embark on this career path.
Augusto admits there was a time when he only wanted to play football for fun and avoid being the worst student in school.
“I started playing football at the age of seven for fun. Then at 15, I realized that I could become a professional,” said the Brazilian in his interview with Inter TV via FcInterNews.
“No one in my family played football, the passion is mine alone.
“Indeed, I didn’t want to be a footballer. I only wanted to avoid being the poorest student in school.
“My parents didn’t pressure me to become a player, as often happens in Brazil. At the age of 18, my dad told me: ‘If they don’t give you a contract, come work with me.’
“I never thought I would reach this level, but I’m happy to be here. After all, even if my friends had doubts about my abilities.
“But I remained calm and worked hard. I realized I could become a professional when they changed my role.
“At 15, a coach tried me as a left back. There I understood that I could do well, and in fact, that’s how it went.
“I played all over the pitch, but I think that the full-back role is the perfect one for me.”
Inter Milan Wingback Carlos Augusto Opens Up On His Youth & First Steps In The Sport
The Inter wingback also names his compatriot Neymar as his childhood idol, while revealing his best traits.
“When I was with the Under 15 there was Neymar who played for Brazil. For me, he is an extraordinary player. He inspired me.
“My most important attributes are humility, my passion for what I do, and being at peace with everyone around me.”