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Alexis Sánchez dancing to J Balvin’s song “Ay Vamos”

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“I used to wash cars for such little money just so I had enough money to buy my football boots. My family was so poor that football for me was about survival. I told my mother from a young age, ‘Don’t worry, I will become a football player and get us out of this situation’. There were no rules when you play football on the street, no coaches to protect you. Because I was so advanced I used to play with the big kids and they used to try to kick me all over the street. I learned to be tough, and you can only learn that if you grow up in that environment. Football saved me.