Vedat Muriqi

Vedat Muriqi

Born in Prizren, Kosovo, the 25-year-old experienced difficulties that nobody should have to face. When he was a child, he found himself a victim of the Kosovo War and its aftermath.

The Kosovan is dominating the headlines with his great displays in front of goal, and because of interest from Tottenham, West Ham, and others, but for him, to come to this level was almost impossible given what he went through as a child.

Speaking about his reactions and thoughts, Muriqi recalled that his mother was always crying because she couldn’t give her children what they needed.

“We had to migrate to other places because of the war. There were 55 (extended family) of us and we were all living in the same room. I was a kid during those days so as a kid, I wanted some food from my mum, but all we had was just an onion and some bread. We were eating it three times a day. In addition to that, we had just two liters of milk for 55 people. Sometimes our families had tea, they were giving us the sugar. It went like that for almost two years.”

With a desire to drag himself and his family forward, Muriqi turned to football. He started his career at Kosovo side FK Liria in 2005 and spent five years at the club before being promoted to the first team. After his spell there, he joined Albanian club KF Teuta Durres, and in 2014 moved to Turkey with second-tier club Giresunspor.

His performances at Giresunspor earned him a chance to join Genclerbirligi, but at the Ankara club, he struggled to make an impact. Subsequently joining Caykur Rizespor in 2018, he established himself as a key player, helping his club get promotion to the Super Lig.

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