“I don’t want to say I was a bad boy, but I was not good”
“I don’t want to say I was a bad boy, but I was not good,” Niasse said.
“When I was young, every time I was bad, my dad never slapped me, but my big brothers always slapped me, and they said: ‘Don’t go to play football.’
“When I was 12, I was playing with guys who were 20. I was good, but I didn’t care. When you say I can’t play, I don’t care. I just wanted to play.
“My dad had a lot of problems with me, because every time I went to play, I came home with injuries, and so he had to spend money.
“He didn’t have a lot of money, but he had to spend it because I had injuries. If I show you my legs, I have a lot of scars. I also remember that when I was young, I broke my legs two times.
“I have five brothers and two sisters, but I was the most crazy. I was crazy about football, so I could have injuries one month, and then not go to school or do anything.
“The next month (after breaking his leg), I feel better. For two or three hours, I’m away somewhere, and they can’t find me. I was playing football. When I came back, there was a lot of s**t.
“I just cared about the ball. I never thought I would do anything other than play football in my life, since I was young.”