For some people it is impossible to make the final decision about what to do with one’s life. For a handful of lucky others, it is impossible to envision a life that is not the exact manifestation of their greatest desire. For 19 year old, Murad Islamov, this desire is to be the greatest soccer player in the world.
For this talented kid, filling that tall order is not out of the realm of possibility. He has played for teams including New England Revolution Academy, Nike Academy, Seacoast United Phantoms. Despite being from a small town in New Hampshire, Murad is making quite the name for himself in the online community, with over 22K subscribers on Instagram. I had the opportunity to gain some insight form Murad in an interview and was inspired at his level of focus on his goals.
Can you tell us a little about your soccer plans and what made you realize so early that this is the thing you want for your life?
I have been grinding for a while now and I am eager to sign a professional contract. I am just doing my thing and mastering my craft. I knew I had something special when I won mvp for scoring 5 consecutive goals in a competitive Nike Academy camp game. Soccer or Futbol is my passion, every time my feet touch the ball it’s a feeling I really enjoy. I like the person I become when I play soccer.
Where did you get the inspiration for your particular style of playing?
A lot of people compare my play style to Cristiano Ronaldo. I just like to dance with the ball and destroy my opponents. In my opinion, I just think I have my own play style. I’m just diﬀerent from rest of the players. I like to score and win with style, with that being said my favorite team is Barcelona. I just love seeing the Tiki Taka in motion.
I went “zero dark thirty” on my social media because I promised myself to post a very first picture on the gram of me signing my first professional contract. My dream is to become the best soccer player in the world and make my city of Manchester NH a tourist attraction. I want to set an example for the youth of my city so they can have hope and faith in their dreams. I want to be the reason they kept going and didn’t stop. I am highly motivated by my doubters and haters. All I have to say is remember my name. This is the come up.