Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra is still playing football professionally at 36, and his family is the main reason why.
Evra, born to a Guinean father and a Cape Verde mother, is one of 25 children, and says he still plays to support his family.
He revealed this after he returned to Old Trafford to play in the testimonial for former Manchester United teammate, Michael Carrick.
Carrick has recently signed a one-year contract at United, and Evra revealed he hoped he played more football before he finally retires.
“I hope he will play for many years, he has to keep playing like me. I am still playing because I still have 24 brothers and sisters to feed so I can’t stop, I have to run,” Evra told ITV.
“Michael Carrick is still an important player for Manchester United and I remember this year always when he was playing the result was always positive.”
And speaking after the final whistle, Evra said he felt ‘too much emotion’ returning to to Old Trafford.
“It’s just amazing, firstly thank you to Michael Carrick for inviting us all to his testimonial. But it’s just too much emotion, too much feeling to come back in the dressing room, to see the gaffer, the fans, the stadium,” he said.
“It’s just amazing so that’s why we should say thanks to God to have a happy moment like that. So I’m really happy and I say thank you to all the family of Michael Carrick.”