The footballer promised he would make a name for himself internationally. But in Morocco and Germany, he has already earned fame for recklessness.
Rabat – In an article published by US sports magazine the Players’ Tribune, the young Moroccan footballer Amine Harit shared his story with his fans, friends, relatives, and even those who do not know his name yet.
In an article titled “Remember the Name” Harit narrated details about his family and especially about his sense of belonging to Morocco.
The Moroccan-French footballer also confessed his love for France, which gave him “everything” in his life. But for him, Morocco remains special because “Moroccans … are my people, too.”
“I feel this connection to the country that I can’t fully explain. France gave me so much, but my family is my everything.”
Explaining his choice to represent Morocco instead of France, Harit said, “My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins — so many of them still live in Morocco. So when I had to choose who I wanted to play for, I felt indebted to those people.”
When relating his pride in Morocco, the footballer also had a flashback to when the Atlas Lions defeated Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in 2018.
“I cried. I really did. So much. Tears of joy. And when we arrived back in Morocco, the support we had when we landed was so, so incredible. I have never seen anything like it in my life. I want that again. I want it a million times over.”
He expressed his determination to “bring joy to Morocco,” adding that every achievement he makes is for his family. “And if you’re from Morocco, you’re my family.”
Harit, however, has made a name for himself for less positive reasons. He was involved in a deadly car accident that killed a 30-year-old pedestrian in Marrakech in June 2018.
The young player paid a fine and received a suspended four-month sentence after the accident.
Last year, German media also speculated that Harit’s career might be affected by his alleged addiction to gambling.
Harit, who published the article under his signature, promised that “there’s more to come.”
The footballer was born in Pontoise, north of Paris.
He said that he, his sister, brother, mother, and father lived in a small house.
“They were my team, my everything.”
He also acknowledged that the city he was living in was not the safest place in the early 2000s.
“My parents wouldn’t let me and my brother play too far from the front door of our home. If we got more than maybe 15 feet away, my mum would come out and yell.”
Harit, however, said that the place has changed now.
Harit said he used to go directly to the football pitch after school, which angered his mother.
“I had these raggedy, old football boots, with laces that were way too long.
The winner of the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year award for 2017–18, Harit joined the Schalke 04 club in July 2017.