The origins of Italian football's newest star
'Hurricane Kean' is getting out of control. In a team bursting with established stars such as Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the teenage sensation Moise Kean who is the man of the moment. His goals - eight in little over a month - have earned him a regular first team place and reports suggest a new contract is imminent.
His brother Giovanni Kean, who also plies his trade as a footballer but in Italy's lower leagues, spoke to 'Movistar about' his younger brother's upbringing. "Many times he would come to watch training and we would give him a ball and we would all play. It wasn't difficult for him to play with bigger, taller guys. It was very easy for him," he revealed.
Local priest Don Roberto also took part in the interview. "After school he would come, while his mother worked, and start playing with the ball. He kicked it against the wall without caring that he was alone. You could see right away that this boy had a particular talent".
His brother "did not want him to go to Juventus", but it was when he went to "watch Nedved and Del Piero" that Kean told him that he "wanted to play for Juve". According to Remo Turello, vicepresident of Kean's former team Astri, "He was doing great things despite only being seven or eight years old".
How far can Kean go now? His brother, firstly, assures that they are where they are due to their mother, and everything they now do is for her. Turrello himself has no doubts about Kean's potential, suggesting he can "get to wherever he wants to go as long as he stays calm and keeps his head".