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Ever since I was a child I have loved cars. My favorite car is a classic Porsche 911. I am a big motor sports fan and love to watch Formula 1.
One advantage of being a professional footballer is you get the fantastic opportunity to get to know new countries and cultures. Travelling gives me new insights and I get to meet new interesting people. I have been lucky to play in England, Spain, Italy and now in Belgium. I like to spend my vacation in Ibiza or in New York.
Usually it is a big vice for a soccer player: but I am really passionate about cooking (and more importantly after the cooking the eating...) As an athlete I challenge myself to cook healthy and tasty food and I have a weakness for Japanese and Italian cuisine. I know I am often hungry after games and I find that food always tastes better after victories.
When I am not playing with my PS4 I enjoy playing billiards. I find it a great relaxation to play billiards with my friends and you do need a lot of concentration and strategy, which is perfect for me. My favorite technique is to bend the little white ball, similar to what I try to do with the big white ball when taking free kicks – I also enjoy playing pool with my friends in a bar (while only drinking sodas of course!!)
Ok I know, it is really typical that a soccer player plays computer games in his spare time, but we do need to chill out and relax. From time to time I feel the need to get on my play station. My favourite games are FIFA Soccer and NBA 2015. I play FIFA online, so who knows, maybe one day we will play against each other? But a word of warning: usually I am the winner.
I think it is important to analyze my performance on the pitch and to monitor my physical improvement. To do this I make comments in my little black book and then discuss it with the trainers, players and physiotherapy specialists. Players cannot stand still; we must always strive to improve ourselves.
Who is it that says only woman are crazy for shoes, clearly they do not know football players. Nike has been my partner for a long time and not surprisingly I like their boots best. Fast dribbling, ball control and accurate passing are a product of natural talent and training, but combine those skills with the Nike Superfly and you can destroy defences. It is the perfect boot, technically brilliant, fashionable yet amazingly comfortable. It is in my opinion the best football boot in the world.
As a recognized sportsman I am always in the spotlight, not only on the pitch, but also at private and public events. When I am representing my club a well-groomed appearance is a must. I like to thing I take pride in my appearance and enjoy dressing up for formal events and wearing fashionable casual wear provided by my clothing supplier.
My mops Ceca has followed me all over Europe. To Bremen, London, Sevilla and Florence. She travelled a lot – I ́m wondering if she can speak five dog languages? Even if she does not always do as I tell her, I love Ceca. She is one of my most faithful companions.
I always wear my watch, it is part of me, I prefer watches from diverse manufacturers. Time and structure is really important to me, with; physiotherapy, analysis, training, not to mention matches, my professional and private life needs to be organized.
Music is really important to me, in different ways it gives me; strength, motivation, concentration, focus and enjoyment. I can always choose from my playlist a suitable song for my mood and it tunes me in to games or training. My favorite songs at the moment are: