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Leon Balogun Super Eagles defender reveals how he found God

Bologun said he found strength in religion when he was struggling to make the grade as a teenager.

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Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has opened up his spiritual life and how he found God as a teenager.

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has opened up his spiritual life and how he found God as a teenager.

Balogun who just played in Super Eagles double header against Cameroon for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers revealed that he was raised in Catholic but never took religion seriously while growing up.

I was in a Catholic in Primary school and back then I did not believe in God because it was very strict with the nuns in the class room,” the defender said in an interview on OMA Sports.

Leon Balogun play Leon Balogun was brought up a Catholic (Twitter/Leon Balogun)

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I made fun of them and even made fun of Jesus.”

The defender recalled that a new found strength when he was having troubles with his football career as a teenager drew him close to God.

There was a time when I was 11, 12, 13, I wasn’t making the first team, and it was some tough times because I was crying at home,” the 29-year-old defender said.

Some players in my team were making fun of me. There was a time when I felt quite alone but from somewhere there was this strength and this voice that told me, just go, and keep pushing through it.

Leon Balogun play Leon Balogun said religion gave him strength which boosted his football career (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

I never could explain to myself where this strength came from and this was the time I found my way to God.

“That’s the point where he showed me, if you think you are alone, I’m still there.”

Balogun plays his football for Mainz in the German Bundesliga.

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