Alexis - I used to play football in jail

The Nou Camp. Allianz Arena. The Maracana.

Over the course of his career, Alexis has been lucky enough to have played in some of the greatest stadia in world football.

But when he was starting out as footballer, Alexis’ surroundings were somewhat different - and he’d play anywhere to get a game.

“I wanted to be a professional footballer from when I was small,” he told Arsenal Player. “My mental approach was always to win and to go as far as possible playing football.

“I was always playing in tournaments and initially I played in goal. I was happy as long as I was playing football. I played with older people all the time - many of whom I really liked.

“[I played] in the street, but we also used to go to the local jail to play. We played with the people there on a dirt pitch, and I played in goal.”


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