Past the Pitch, An Interview with Max Gradel.
Last month photographer and filmmaker Hamish Stephenson brang you a series of short sports documentaries directed for VOCOSPORT.
This episode sees Bournemouth midfielder Max Gradel discuss his career so far from childhood passion to professional player. You can watch the full documentary HERE.
and also read our VOCOSPORT x Max Gradel interview below.
So Max, when did your love of Football begin?
I think when I was young, probably 2 or 3 years olds. I found this picture of me and my mum and I'm holding a big football in my hands, I realised that I had started to like football from that age already. Then when I was around 5 or 6, I used to kick the ball around the house every morning, sometimes I used to cry until my dad went to work because I wasn't allowed to kick the ball in the house until he left.
How did it feel to make the transition from passion to professional?
When I moved to France and when I started to play my first couple games for my team. This was when I started to I think I had the ability to make it as a professional. Massive, you cannot describe it. It is crazy and it is fantastic and there is nothing better than that.
Apart from Bournemouth you also play for your home team, Ivory Coast, how do the two compare?
Ivory Coast as a team in Africa is massive and then on top of that we are the first African nation on FIFA and then on top of that we won the last African cup of nations. It's special.
I started my professional career in England so England is a part of me because they gave me a chance to become a professional footballer,I made my football career debut here when I played for the youth team and the youth cup at Leicester City. France is also very special for me because it is my second country, they gave me the opportunity to shine at the top level.