David Beckham in his underwear: the end.
Iya Traore is a freestyle footballer practicing his craft on the streets of Paris as well as other venues. He came to France from Guinea more than a decade ago after his father allowed him to come along with him back to Europe so that he could follow his dream at becoming a professional footballer.
Although Iya had stints at Paris FC and Paris Saint Germaine, his commitment to his studies and to helping his father with his business did not allow him to train seriously and his time with PSG came to an end. Iya continues pursuing football in his own original way. He expresses his positive attitude & passion in front of amazed viewers all over the city and now throughout the world
He practices everywhere, in the subway, in the streets when he goes shopping, in well known locations around the city, and even at school! He is never without his ball and the people who see him work encourage him. He has become the most unique among freestylers, perfecting his own tricks. His prowess has seen him invited on television shows, he is invited to participate in promotional operations for big sportswear companies, not to mention he often gets invited by players to participate in exhibition matches who congratulate him on his unique way express his game
Iya returned to his home country of Guinea to create FC Iya, a safe place for children and young people to go to learn and practice their football skills. As you can see, the entire community and country is grateful for his return.
Iya proves to everyone just how far freestyle football can go, and the positive impact it has in the world. I love Iya’s story because it’s a human story. A story of determination, passion, commitment, and unwavering hope for a better tomorrow & belief in one’s self. From the most humble of roots in Guinea, to the streets of Paris, PSG, the Europa League and more. Iya is an inspiration to many and I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve showed you about him today: a man with an incredible spirit who never misses an opportunity to perform.
- Jérémy Ménez (AS Rom) - 8.000.000€
- Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus Turin) - 7.000.000€
- Milan Bisevac (FC Valenciennes) - 3.500.000€
- Salvatore Sirigu (US Palermo) - 3.500.000€
- Kévin Gameiro (FC Lorient) - 11.000.000€
- Blaise Matuidi (AS Saint-Étienne) - 10.000.000€
- Javier Pastore (US Palermo) - 43.000.000€
Wow, that’s heavy. It seems like we will see some good football in Paris in the next years.