Leao lifts the lid on the start of a ‘difficult’ life in Milan as well as two main characters who helped him with it

Rafael Leao has revealed a little bit about his life away from football and how much he has been inspired by the two people he works with at Milan every day.

Leao is the cover head of the latest issue of fashion magazine Outpump, and the Portuguese winger has certainly shown his passion for the clothing industry as well as music since arriving in Milan from Lille in the summer of 2019.

In the paperback edition of the magazine, an interview with Leao documented how influenced he was by fashion, music, and more, with the comments he conveyed Milan News and translated below.

“The song that knows me? It’s so hard, I have to think about it… Young Star Player, from Cabo Plaza (smiles),” he said.

Leao gave a little insight into his origins and the neighborhood he was born in in Portugal.

“All men seem silent. Because where you come from, everyone seems invisible. After all, when you grow up in a difficult neighborhood it is like this, it is practically impossible to see you: no one looks at you, no one wants to look at you,” he said. .

“Through what I do today, football, music, and fashion, I want to show all the kids in my neighborhood and similar neighborhoods that they can do this, regardless of their origins. However, one thing is key: We must never forget where they come from. Athena.”

The 23-year-old spoke about the logistical difficulties of getting to the training camp as a child as he was looking forward to starting his footballing journey.

“When I think of those hours, I think of traveling with my father on the train. I was young. We didn’t know how to pay for tickets and transportation was the only way to get to the training grounds.”

“I think of him meditating every night, before going to bed, looking for a way to bring money and food home. Football was my dream, and despite everything, my family was able to give me the tools to make it happen. They were always by my side.

For this reason, I now want to give the opportunity to live in peace, without worry, to those who shared those moments with me. That is why I always keep my feet firmly on the ground, because I know very well that fame and success fluctuate, especially in football, where at one moment you are the best and the next you are the worst. You need proper support and great mental consistency.”

On his musical inspiration, Leao revealed that he has a diverse taste that contributes to the rhythm of his life.

“I always try to listen to everything and everyone. In this period, even if it seems strange, I have been playing Ed Sheeran songs from time to time. I think it is very important to know and understand other types of singers and music scenes.

“In Milan I had the opportunity to communicate directly and make connections with many artists: I think for example of Lazza, Capo Plaza and Sfera. They are not only strong, but also beautiful people and they all love football.

“In the future I’d like to appear with these singers, of course, but I don’t know if they think the same way. Anyway, music will continue to be a fun and sharing moment with my historical friends, I don’t and won’t live with the intention of making money. It’s not a job. But The situation is different for my brand.”

Leao talked about his famous brand “SON IS SON” which has become a real passion for him.

“A child is a child whether it’s 20, 30 or 50 years old. It’s a metaphor. It means you can get out of your neighborhood, but your neighborhood won’t get out of you.”

“A passion for fashion was instilled in me by my dad. When I had to leave the house, he would always make me stop in front of the mirror, and would want me to check in on myself, and take care of my appearance.

My mother was a hairdresser, but he was the one who shaved my hair. As a kid I had been wearing it for a long time, I can still remember the day they gave me a baby girl at school, I went back to him and he cut it off right away.

“Now he keeps telling me that I’m getting more beautiful, it means I’m doing my job well. I’ve always wanted to create my own brand, and here in Italy I’m lucky enough to be able to talk a lot about fashion and participate in fashion weeks.”

“Step by step, I am trying to carve out a space in this market. Since the first set, I wanted to make the prices affordable. I know what it means to work hard to make money and I am happy that my clothes can be bought by anyone who wants them.”

Finally, there was some talk of his time at AC Milan, including pressure being put on him by coach Stefano Pioli and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whom Leao has consistently referred to as the Big Brother figure.

“The first two years in Milan were difficult, I came from France, where everything was smaller and life was completely different. When you arrive in Milan, you know you have to be a winner, many legends have worn the same shirt as you, and won many trophies” , seem.

“You feel and experience it right away. After a transition, I became another person and another player. During this time, my family, Mr. Pioli and Ibra, with whom I stay close every day, have been key.

“Zlatan is an example, he taught me the importance of asking, always focusing, even off the field. We talk whenever we can, not as professionals or teammates, but as men.

“Now I want to take advantage of all the opportunities on the horizon, I want to be the protagonist and deserve my place in the starting eleven of the Portuguese national team. And if there is a chance of winning, that would be very impressive.”