Ghana international Jordan Ayew has revealed that his father legend Abedi Pele did not pressure him into football.
Ayew who recently signed a three-year contract with Crystal Palace enjoyed a successful campaign having just wrapped up the Africa Cup of Nations where he bagged two goals.
Abedi Pele is a three-time African Player of the Year has reportedly been supportive of his sons (other being Andre) to choose their own career paths without feeling the pressure of being children to a former footballer.
Speaking to the club's official website, Ayew said:
“It was something that happened naturally; Dad never put pressure on us.
“I grew up with my grandparents in Ghana and my mum, dad and brother traveled around wherever my dad went. Then towards the end of his career, I followed him too.
"I was too young to see him in his prime, but I saw him play one or two games towards the end of his career. I’ve heard lots of positive things about him and he talked about his career a bit, but nothing more than that.
“He kept protecting us and letting us do what we wanted to do to achieve our dreams. He supported us and the whole family, but I was never pressured into football.
"My brothers and friends in the area would play football as everyone does, and I started playing at school. Naturally, you begin to dream that you might become a footballer.”
Jordan Ayew who is currently 27-years-old has enjoyed a rather successful career having made 20 appearances in the Premier League for Palace during the 2018/19 season where he also made 14 starts and will hope to keep his current form as the new season approaches.
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