At 5”10 Forward Murad Islamov is the perfect combination of smooth and gritty. Murad is highly touted for his ability to handle the soccer ball and orchestrate the offense. While he’s running the show for His top team, he credits his development to Nike Academy and his city Manchester NH.
With his flashy game and dedication, Murad Islamov has developed a strong social media fan base @muradislamov10 among kids aspiring to one day become blue chips themselves. The attention has provided an extra sense of purpose that extends beyond soccer.
Nowadays we can’t go anywhere without kids recognizing me and asking me for advice, Murad says. “It’s crazy. I feel like I’m a celebrity in my city. We really have the youth and all we could really do is motivate them to keep playing soccer, going to school and to stay on the right path. It’s an amazing feeling.
“I would like to use soccer to really influence the youth to keep chasing dreams because I was in their same shoes before.”
And although he already has an impressive résumé, leaving his mark in the history books is the main objective. “I’m at a point where if I don’t play hard, I shouldn’t be playing. I gotta go hard 24/7 , I am just getting started and I can’t wait to play on TV in front of millions of people yelling my name, until then I’m grinding” he says.