Odell Beckham thinks he could have been a pro soccer player

AP

For a guy who can do such amazing things with his hands, Odell Beckham Jr. thinks he could have made a living with his feet as well.

The Giants wide receiver said during appearance on the English talk show “Soccer AM” (via NJ.com) that he had to make a tough decision as a teenager.

“I started when I was three years old and played until I was about 14,” Beckham said. “My coach was pushing to try and get me on the national team and tryout. At that age, you’re 13, 14 years old you know that to make it big in soccer you are probably going to have to go overseas. Obviously that would be a goal and that would be the dream. At that age it would have been hard for me to leave my family and just go.

“I played every other sport, soccer, basketball, baseball, football. And I just said, ‘I don’t think I can leave my family.’ So that’s when I kind of put the soccer dreams aside and stuck close to home with the other sports.”

Beckham described himself as a “Neymar, Messi type of guy” as a soccer player, which would be like some South American teenager declaring that he had “hands like Odell Beckham” while playing a sport that doesn’t require them.

26 responses to “Odell Beckham thinks he could have been a pro soccer player

  1. 1000s of kids purse their soccer dream and do not make it to the pros, just like many do not make it to the NFL even though they were given hope at age 13 or 14. Thankfully many of these kids get some college in them.

  2. this guy is awesome.. lets hope he acts more like AB throughout his career and not Josh Gordon… If so we’ll be enjoying this dudes highlights for another decade

  3. Is that snark at the end. I don’t see anything unreasonable in a story about a guy talking about dreams that were sacrificed for another dream.

    I thought his reasoning was well founded and well stated.

    30 years ago, every kid compared them-self to Pele. New times have new heroes. All he seems to have said is that at 14 he saw himself as a fast player, with dribble control at speed, who had a knack for scoring.

  4. After watching that display during Pro Bowl practice, he’s definitely the Giants emergency placekicker…

  5. A coach that tries convincing you to tryout for the national team does not mean you were Neymar or Messi. If he truly had the skill of Neymar or Messi he’d be playing in a top league making a lot more money. He’s talking nonsense just like these guys who claim they’re faster than Usain Bolt.

  6. Yeah he could be the starting point guard for the Knicks! The number one ace for the Yankees!Leading goal scorer for the rangers!Great player but stop with the nonsense!He played on two hamstring tears the whole season! Lol just concentrate on football and how to improve his blocking on run plays!

  7. Dont buy that at all. Thats really easy to say and the guy just picks the two most well-known players and says he used to play like that…

    Cmon man.. Once defenses start doubling him like most number 1s and game planning for him, he will have a very quiet year next year.

  8. Anyone else worries about Odell losing focus next season?

    I understand it is important for your brand to be visible – but i am concerned about him being overexposed and not focusing on playing the game…..

  9. If he could use the same gloves on his feet that he uses on his hands to assist him in catching the football he may have made it big.

  10. All the haters will keep hating the Giants but its tough for Giants fans like me since we know it won’t be until 2018 that the Giants have a shot at 8-8 again.

    I told everyone many times that the Giants made a big mistake with Beckham. The Giants need football players, not soccer players.

    I miss the days when Tiki Barber roamed the backfield.

  11. Anyone else wonder if this guy uses stickem? Ever since Jerry Rice came clean about his cheating, it makes me look at a lot of these players with different eyes.

  12. Messi dribbles the ball with his feet better than Chris Paul dribbles with his hands. Think about that. Soccer is a tough sport. Not saying he couldn’t make it. Just saying soccer is severely underrated as far as skill and talent involved.

  13. It would be cruel to not let Odell develop to his potential.
    I fully support him leaving the Giants for Real Madrid. It would be terrible if he couldn’t develop into the Midfielder that he could have been. Besides…if the Ravens have no #1 receiver, then why should the Giants.

  14. billsalldayaday says:
    Mar 2, 2015 8:30 AM
    Dont buy that at all. Thats really easy to say and the guy just picks the two most well-known players and says he used to play like that…

    Cmon man.. Once defenses start doubling him like most number 1s and game planning for him, he will have a very quiet year next year.

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    I guess you don’t get real football up there in wide right country but if you did you would know that for most of last year Odell was the #1 after Cruz went down he was doubled and tripled by some of the best in the game and when it was over he still caught the ball and made the play.

    The kid has amazing skills he is just that darn good.
    You folks in wide right land should get the Sunday ticket so can be exposed to championship caliber teams.

    Scott Norwood for the HOF or at least the Giants ring of Honor

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