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"Christian Faith inspires me and My Career Goal is Ricardo Kaká." Says Footballer Zhang Yuning

"Christian Faith inspires me and My Career Goal is Ricardo Kaká." Says Footballer Zhang Yuning

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ByRuth Wang January 08, 2016
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On January 4, a special interview of Zhang Yuning, a footballer and member of Chinese Olympic Team, was broadcast by Sports Evening News of CCTV. Zhang, born in 1997, talks about his training life in Netherlands during the interview.

Zhang, the 19-year old boy, testifies thay he grows up in a Christian family and his career goal is Ricardo Kaká, who shares the similar experience that born in a Christian family. Zhang says that he is highly inspired by Kaká's attitude toward soccer and life. 

"I grew up in a Christian family and so did Kaká. He decided to be a professional player at 15. Then in an accident his cervical vertebrae was broken and he thought his career must have had ended. But then he believed that God stretched out hands to save him and gave him professional career. In his story I can see his faith in God. It touched me a lot. Moreover, he got the Ballon d'Or at the time when I began to explore my career. I was just ten year old that time. Kaká is one of my goals, his personality, his soccer-playing and his attitude toward life. "

Talking about the upcoming the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, Zhang thinks the match with Qatar the host will be a challenge but he won't fear and will play the match with common mind. "Like the team matches, they are all hard. Usually the most difficult match is the first because everyone doesn't know what condition is the rival and the football field in. I will focus all on and pay the attention to the first match. I insist on my previous word: fear is something we fabricate in our own minds and danger is always there, unchanging. So why afraid? Just do it. Everything you paid and prepared for yourself, you have prepared already, so why do you worry? Then I will face it with calm mind. " 

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