Ziyech reveals how he learnt to beat players

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Hakim Ziyech is currently one of the best players in the Dutch league, and Chelsea have done well to sign the 26-year-old.

Ziyech has now revealed how he started his game in the streets of Morocco playing five-aside against lads bigger than him.

Born and raised in a family of 9, Ziyech had to overcome quite some adversity before rising up to stardom.

“All I did was play five-a-side on the streets with my big brothers and other big lads. I was always the smallest kid,” Ziyech said, as quoted by the Mirror.

“You had to prove that you could play – and I think I managed to show them I could play well. I learnt how to take kicks and knocks.

“Some big lads would take into account that I was still a small boy, but others did not give a monkey’s. They would go in hard. But it never bothered me. In fact, I did not care about anything in the world. As long as I could be out there every day.”

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