‘I’m not playing football to win Ballon d’Or but to transform my family’ - Abdul Jalilu

Former Dreams FC captain Abdul Jalilu has said that his motivation for playing football is to transform the fortunes of his family, and not to win the Ballon d’Or.

Abdul Jalilu: I’m not playing football to win Ballon d’Or but to transform my family

The Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious individual award in football and is usually won by the best player in the world in a calendar year.

However, Jalilu, who recently completed a move to Rwandan topflight side Mukura Victory Sport, said he decided to swap clubs because the contract tabled before him was very juicy.

The 24-year-old came through the Dreams FC academy and spent four years with the senior team, having risen to become the skipper of the Ghana Premier League side.

Explaining his decision to move to Rwanda, Jalilu said he felt it was the right time to move abroad after spending the entirety of his professional career at Dreams FC.

He noted that he wasn’t into football to win the Ballon d’Or, but rather to transform the fortunes of his family.

"I was not tired of playing in the Ghana Premier League, but after years of doing so, I felt it was time to move out," Jalilu told Akoma FM, as quoted by Footballghana.

"Just like everyone prays for the best in life, I needed to change because it was beneficial to me. I am playing football to transform the family, especially given the number of people that rely on you. So, when you get an offer and compare it to what you used to take, you just think about it and move."

"Honestly, I'm not playing football to win the Ballon d'Or or the World's Best, no! I'm more interested in changing homes because my current one isn't very good. The Ghana Premier League is fantastic, but after four years, I felt it was time to alter the environment.”

Jalilu was part of the Dreams FC side that won the FA Cup and reached the semi-finals of the CAF Confederations Cup last season.

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