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.

ALSO READ: Leon Balogun explains his Super Eagles partnership with Troost-Ekong

“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.

“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.