JADON SANCHO has revealed the heart-wrenching poem tattoo on his arm is a tribute to his “baby boy” brother who died when the Borussia
JADON SANCHO has revealed the heart-wrenching poem tattoo on his arm is a tribute to his “baby boy” brother who died when the Borussia Dortmund star was just five.
The England star, 18, wrote the poem himself at the time and had it etched permanently on his arm as a constant reminder of his “inspiration” when grown up.
Sancho opened up in an emotional interview with FourFourTwo Magazine and mentioned the inking, complete with a dove, in painful detail.
The verse of the poem etched on his arm reads: “You and me will stay together, you made us happy, you brought us joy, you were a special baby boy.
“I couldn’t wait till you grew up, teach you football and win the cup.
“But you’re gone what can I do? Baby brother, we love you.”
Sancho revealed his younger brother is still his inspiration to this day, adding: “All I want is to make him proud. He is my inspiration.”
The young winger also lost his nan recently – and revealed he dedicated his incredible winner in the derby against Schalke to both her and his little brother.
Sancho added: “That goal was for him and my nan, who passed away that week. I got emotional, but family is important.
“That’s why I do this football thing, to make them proud and happy.”
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Sancho credits his meteoric rise to prominence to his street football ranks in South London – where he grew up with a host of young talent.
The Sessegnon twins, Joe Gomez, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all from a similar area.
And Sancho says that’s no coincidence, saying: “South London means everything. It’s where we grew up and I’ll never forget where I’m from. We rise by lifting others.
“Straight after school, we’d always be out playing 5-on-5, doing tricks and having fun.
“The rule of the playground was ‘megs’. I’m a street footballer – that’s the best compliment you could give me actually.
“You could say I was out there pretending to be Ronaldinho. He played football how I wanted to play it.
In the interview with FourFourTwo, Sancho opened up about his incredibly brave move from Manchester City to the Bundesliga.
Sancho recalled: “You’ve got to thank Dortmund, because it’s unheard of for a team that gets 80,000 fans at every home game to put so much faith in youngsters.
“It was crazy how many clubs wanted me – it shows how well you’re doing, but I always felt Dortmund was right for me.
“Of course it was a big risk. I wasn’t guaranteed playing time, and I had to prove I was good enough to fit in with their side.
“A few people weren’t sure when I first told them about Dortmund, but I felt this was the best journey for me.
“Just try it, you know? I like trying new things, so it didn’t really faze me.
“A few asked me, ‘What if it doesn’t work out?’ but I never thought about that. And look at how it’s worked out now…”