Gervinho, From Barefoot Student to Twinkle-Toed Winger

Ivory Coast winger Gervinho, who spent his childhood in very modest surroundings, is now enjoying the riches that come with being a top footballer.

updated: June 23, 2014 22:35 IST
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Fortaleza: Gervinho's superb individual goal for Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat by Colombia marked a remarkable rise from childhood poverty to World Cup star.

The 27-year-old twinkle-toed winger -- who had an outstanding season with Roma after a difficult spell with Premier League giants Arsenal -- like a lot of his Ivory Coast team-mates, now enjoying the riches that come with being a top footballer, began in very modest surroundings.

He was brought up in the tough neighbourhood of Abobo in Abidjan where his father tried his hand at football, and Gervinho is delighted that because of his success in Europe things have changed radically for his family.

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