Just watched Neville’s interview, the Overlap, and I’m telling you that if you don’t get emotional you’re not human,
It’s beyond anyone’s comprehension what the fella has gone through in his life, I had to pause it to dry my eyes, and even now a good hour after watching I still get that lump in my throat,
What you see is Dele Ali coming back to life, that same Dele Ali who had the world at his feet and was destined to be the world class player he promised to be, there are too many things we all take for granted as football fans, we see how much they can earn, we see what kind of social lifestyles they have etc etc,
But what we don’t see is the turmoil of fame & fortune, they other side such players like Dele Ali keep hidden, even then we mock and cajole and believe that having all that money how can they be depressed, we have seen other players fall by the wayside in the last decade, some seek help, some don’t and eventually pay the ultimate price, Gary Speed immediately springs to mind,
Now I’m not certain that I’m guilty of sticking the boot into players in similar circumstances, i probably have been as fickle as the next bloke, from now on I’ll refrain from sticking my boot in, and think more of what perhaps said player may be going thru personally rather just taking the piss because I can.
Dele Ali is in a good place now, even if he plays for Blueshite, I’m so happy for him to have come through what he has, even though I nor anyone else will never fully understand his experiences, I think for him to reveal all in a open and frank interview speaks volumes about the man’s character, his bravery stands out miles, where a lot of folk may not have the same courage to do so,
God bless you Dele Ali !!! You’ll Never Walk Alone