Most football fans know the name of Carlos Bacca. He is a current Colombia International and plays in La Liga with Sevilla. Recently he has been linked with moves to many giant European Clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, AS Roma etc.

The dynamic centre forward was in great form last season with Sevilla. He scored 20 goals for them in La Liga and 7 goals in Europa League. He scored twice in the Europa League Final vs Dnipro and won the match for Sevilla and helped them retain Europa League title. Interest of major clubs in him is quite obvious after the kind of form he shown in recent times.

But the path for 28 years old Carlos to establish himself was not easy. His life story is very motivating and can be made into a film. When he was 20, Bacca was still living in his hometown of Puerto Colombia on the Caribbean coast. He played football for the local team and, to make ends meet, sold fish and worked as a bus conductor on the half-hour journey to Barranquilla.

He only turned professional when he was 22, but he struggled with the discipline of a footballer’s life and looked as though he may fade away when he found God. He is so committed to his faith and to football that he very rarely goes out. Everything is focused on making the best of the gifts, as he sees it, given to him by God. He moved to Europe with Club Brugge in 2011 and two seasons later to Sevilla.

Few expected him to be first choice, especially when Sevilla signed Kevin Gameiro from Paris Saint-Germain. But his sheer desire has made him not only a regular, but one of Sevilla’s most important players. He averages roughly a goal every other game, but he offers much more than that, not merely on the pitch but off it too: His example is an inspiration to others.

Dnipro’s defensive record in the Europa League had been good until the final. They’d let in only five goals in eight games in the knockout stage. There were signs they might be able to frustrate Sevilla as well, sitting deep and closing the space, absorbing pressure. But Bacca is a player who will gobble a half-chance, the sort of man who turns possession into goals.

When asked about his life, he looks to the present. “I picked myself up and carried on. The brave are not those who let themselves sink but those who rise up stronger.” (MARCA)

It is really inspirational how he transformed himself into a world class striker by beginning his professional career at the age of 22. He has now two Europa League titles and that too back to back. He won LFP Best South American Player award in 2013-14 season. He was in the UEFA Europa League: Squad of the Season for 2014-15. He has 20 caps for his national team also. He scored 7 goals for his country.

It will be interesting to see where Bacca moves this summer and how much he can flourish considering his growth in recent years.

 

 

 

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    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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