My Story: The Greatest Footballer That Never Was (Hardback)
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My Story: The Greatest Footballer That Never Was (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 27/05/2021
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Imagine being so good at football that your legs get insured for a million

pounds – at the age of 11.

In the 1990s, Sonny Pike had it all. A glittering future in the professional game

beckoned. Dutch ‘Total Football’ giants Ajax swooped and flash soccer agent Eric

Hall signed him up. Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Paul Smith queued up to sponsor

him. He appeared on TV shows like Fantasy Football and Blue Peter, featured in

Hello Magazine and even had his own rap song. Billed as English football’s ‘next

Diego Maradona’, everyone loved the baby-faced young superstar.

And then, through no fault of his own, it was all taken from him.

Controversially banned from football, the spotlight faded. Agents turned their

backs. Sponsors withdrew their deals. TV and the media moved on. Even his dad

disappeared off the scene. Lost and desperate, Sonny searched for an answer,

dabbling in crime, landing in court and even behind bars. The promise of fame

and fortune had turned to nothing and there seemed no way back . . .

Sonny Pike: The Greatest Footballer That Never Was is a remarkable tale of

exploitation and reckless ambition, exposing the worst side of our game in an

era when it was evolving in to the multi-million pound industry we know today.

Sonny’s story is captivating, at times harrowing, but ultimately inspirational. As

thousands of young footballers dream of football stardom, it is more relevant

now than ever

Publisher: Reach plc
ISBN: 9781911613282
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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