Andy Robertson is irritated. Polluted with his own personal story, framed by folk looking from the outside in.
& # 39; There aren't many things that annoy me, but if there is one thing that does, it's the idea that my story is a football fairy tale.
& # 39; I know when people say I'm a Cinderella man, it's a compliment.
Andy Robertson has risen from the lower divisions of Scotland to a second Champions League final
& # 39; I appreciate that, but to be completely honest, it doesn't feel like one because it's not true.
& # 39; No magic wands have been waved in my direction, I have not won any kind of lottery to win a spot at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
& # 39; The reason why I am a Liverpool player is the same reason that I am the captain of my country: I have exercised my b ******* to get where I am, and by doing so , I have been able to make optimum use of the talent that I have. & # 39; Sportsmail reported yesterday from Robertson & # 39; s desire to lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday night to numb the pain of missing last season.
But on the The Players & Tribune website, Robertson writes his own story about broken heart and redemption.
Robertson wants to pick up the trophy on Saturday to ease the pain of missing the past season
Having been given a last season to leave Queen & # 39; s Park as an amateur, & # 39; six times a night & # 39; earn and do odd jobs to make ends meet.
Either he let something happen to himself – or he had to run away from the game. Quite a thought.
Occasionally moving, occasionally downright hilarious, never more than his retelling of surrendering the entire training field on his first trip to Melwood, Robertson & # 39; s story deserves to be heard. Straight from the mouth of the full back, as it were.
Highlighting his lack of patience with the announcement that he had experienced a lucky holiday to go from the lower divisions of Scotland to a second consecutive Champions League final, the 25-year-old asked: "Why does this matter?
& # 39; In fact, it doesn't matter to me as an individual. It probably doesn't matter to my family either.
The defender went from a £ 6-a night amateur in Queen & # 39; s Park to Lionel Messi
& # 39; It only matters because God knows how many little Andy Robertsons are there. Children who have difficulty convincing people that their talent deserves a chance. Children who just need a break to get where they deserve.
& # 39; Children who might give up if they start believing that only a fairy tale can save them.
& # 39; I never wanted to be poster keepers, but if I want to be a poster boy for everything, this should be this – if you don't give up, and if you keep believing in yourself when others are doubting you, you can make it . You can show that you are good enough.
& # 39; Now I have two children of my own, that message is more important than ever. I don't want them to think their father had a lucky vacation.
& # 39; I want them to understand that whatever potential they have, they can only be fulfilled if they set their sights on it. Fairytales? Those are bedtime things. & # 39; We all know the bare bones of Robertson's background story. Released by Celtic, the club he had worshiped, at the age of 15.
A leader in a side that dramatically conquered Barcelona, he feels like a Liverpool player
Earlier, however, he spoke in almost general terms about the pain of that rejection. Not anymore.
& # 39; Mom hated seeing us cry & # 39 ;, he writes. & # 39; Still doing. But she saw me shed more than a few tears that day.
& # 39; I remember that she grabbed a pickup curry from my favorite place to cheer me up.
& # 39; It was also midweek. I almost never got a midweek curry. I couldn't even eat much of it. That's how she knew how badly I hurt myself.
& # 39; We decided to give it another try at Queen & # 39; s Park in 2010. A bit of a smaller club in Glasgow, to say the least.
& # 39; Life there was different. I was making six pounds a night. It was a working class club and most players came from jobs they worked during the day. It was no different for me.
& # 39; I did all sorts of odd jobs around. I was set up with landscape concerts, I cleaned it up after the first team and I even worked during Hampdams competitions at Hampden Park.
& # 39; My parents told me that if I didn't find my game that year, it would probably be best to look at Uni options. So I did everything to get better every day.
& # 39; That was real work, really busy. People always ask me about the pressure to play for Liverpool. And it's there, believe me, I feel it. But there is that pressure, and then there is the pressure to play for your life – knowing that if you can't figure it out, you have to give up everything you love. That is the heaviest pressure I have ever felt.
& # 39; And in that situation I really started to believe in myself – maybe for the first time in my life. I didn't really have a different choice. & # 39; The move to Dundee United was more than earned, so also the jump to Hull City in 2014. And then …
& # 39; When I was modeling and emptying the bins, I didn't think I'd ever play Champions League football, especially for Liverpool, & # 39; admitted the lightning-fast left back.
& # 39; It's funny, actually … a few clubs called when I was in the pre-season with Hull in 2017, but I wasn't that interested.
& # 39; My missus was pregnant and we were in the process of making everything ready for our big arrival – that was our top priority, like any prospective parent.
& # 39; Then I heard that Liverpool wanted me. Liverpool. If you hear that Liverpool wants you, call your agent back in about five seconds. I could not sign the contract soon enough to be honest.
& # 39; However, I quickly got a dose of reality. The medical practice lasted two days and it was brutal.
& # 39; My diet was weird because the medical staff had to do so many tests to make sure I was fit and would stay fit. After I passed those tests, I had to go to Melwood to do a lactate test.
& # 39; I was running it with Danny Ings, and after a few laps around the field I felt something wrong with my stomach. I knew things would be bad, but what can you do? I just kept running.
& # 39; A few minutes later, I'm on my knees and puke my guts on the Melwood field. This holy ground. This place where all these legends have trained. King Kenny. Rushie. Stevie Gerrard.
& # 39; And here I am, some young man from Glasgow who jumps in front of the Liverpool medical staff.
& # 39; If the first appearances count, God knows what they thought of me.
& # 39; The next day I met the manager and I heard his smile from a mile away. He had clearly heard of my test.
& # 39; I turn around and he walks towards me, rubs his belly and points at me. The staff behind him are also smiling.
& # 39; Then he gave me a big hug. Then I relaxed a bit.
& # 39; The whole team made me feel welcome that week, but to be honest it took a long time before I realized I was a Liverpool player.
& # 39; I was wearing the red shirt. I wore the club training suit everywhere we went. I wore it all over the house. But I still didn't feel like a Liverpool player. & # 39; Inevitably Robertson just worked harder and harder until Jurgen Klopp placed him on the team. Until he became indispensable.
A leader in a side that overcame Barcelona in the most dramatic way, he now feels like a Liverpool player. One that aimed to overthrow Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday night. He added: & # 39; It is not lost to any of us what this possibility means. This was an incredible season, full of so many ups and downs and emotional moments.
& # 39; But for me it has also been a chance to take a step back and see the full picture.
& # 39; From being released by Celtic and sobbing over my curry, to making six pounds to hide away in Scotland, to drawing for Liverpool and putting on that red tracksuit, hardly believe.
& # 39; It feels good to crack again in this final. The most important thing is that our destiny is in our hands. We know that.
& # 39; And if there is one thing that I can guarantee about this team, about this group of players, then we will do everything we can to try to make our followers dream come true.
& # 39; If that happens, it won't be a fairy tale. It's because we deserve it. & # 39;
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