LIVERPOOL star Luis Diaz virtually died as a baby resulting from sickness which brought about him to lose a harmful quantity of weight, his father has revealed.
Diaz is Colombia’s greatest star and is about to contest the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Actual Madrid on Could 28.
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A mural of Diaz in his residence townAFP
The Liverpool star is about to contest the Champions League ultimate on SaturdayGETTY
However the journey to the highest of soccer wasn’t straightforward for the 25-year-old.
Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel, has revealed the Liverpool ace suffered from an sickness which brought about him to lose a harmful quantity of weight.
The difficult winger went from “chubby” to extraordinarily skinny which might’ve price him his life.
Father Manuel advised Noticias RCN chain in Colombia: “When he was little, two or three-years-old, he was chubby, he was very chubby.
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“He had a illness course of, it gave him discomfort and he misplaced weight in that course of.
“We used to say that he was going to die, because as the old men used to say when they kept an eye on him: ‘the bald guy got sick, he got sick’.”
Manuel additionally revealed that it was somebody from his hometown of Barrancas which helped Diaz get well.
Manuel continued: “A man from up here was the one who helped me with it and recovered it for me.”
Diaz was born and raised within the heartland of Colombia’s largest indigenous group.
As a child, Diaz was so skinny that his nickname was Fideo – “Noodle”.
Coach John Diaz (no relation) remembers a “clumsy, malnourished” teenager turning as much as a trial for a youth crew made up of gamers from Colombia’s indigenous communities.
However the teenager’s talent impressed scouts, together with Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama.
After scoring seven objectives on the 2015 Copa Sudamericana de Pueblos Indigenas, Diaz’s profession started to take off.
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Atletico Junior despatched him on mortgage to Barranquilla, the place he was placed on a particular weight-reduction plan to realize 10kg.
Diaz crossed the Atlantic to affix Porto in 2019, earlier than shifting to Liverpool in January.