In a recent interview with Forbes, Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi opened up about his experience with social media criticism and how he has learned to handle it as he matures in his football career,MySportDab reports.
The Fulham FC midfielder, formerly of Everton, shed light on the challenges he faced when he joined the Toffees in 2019, and how he managed to rise above the negativity from fans.
Iwobi’s transfer from Arsenal to Everton came with a hefty price tag of around €40 million ($42 million), which naturally raised expectations.
However, his initial months at Goodison Park proved to be challenging, with Everton fans not holding back on expressing their discontent.
Reflecting on this period, Iwobi stated, When you come onto the scene and doing well, you see fans on social media and in the comments, and you want to see people hyping you up. I’ve also had the hate that you’re not good enough.
When I moved to Everton, there was a high fee. Everyone said he costs so much and hasn’t done much. His value is way too high. I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen both sides. Now, I’m at an age where I don’t look at it anymore.
Iwobi’s resilience in the face of criticism showcases his growth as a professional footballer. Over the years, he has not only adapted to the intense scrutiny that comes with a high-profile transfer but has also thrived and matured in the process.
The 27-year-old Nigerian international’s ability to remain unfazed by negative comments on social media is a testament to his mental strength and determination to succeed in the football world.
While no athlete is immune to criticism, Iwobi’s experience serves as a valuable lesson for emerging talents on how to handle the pressures and expectations that come with professional sports.