Celebrated athletes who have achieved plenty in their chosen field have come from different backgrounds. Some of them were born rich and had everything they wanted and some were born to the middle class where they had to struggle before making it big.

The final category is the one where the following individuals belong but fortunately managed to become famous athletes to achieve the fame and fortune they had been looking for. This discussion is looking forward to giving you an idea about the extremely poor individuals who became famous athletes. 

“People don’t like other poor people, and rather than blame the people that make you all poor, you blame each other.” – John Lydon


pele-esteira-4 Pelé was widely regarded as one of the top soccer players in the world which still considers them as a legend of the sport. During his childhood, the parents of Pelé struggled hard to earn a decent livelihood. Despite the impoverished upbringing Pelé had he developed into a talented player of soccer. He used his talent appropriately and eventually found his way out of poverty. Pelé is a prime example of an individual who was born in poverty but managed to become a famous athlete despite the struggles and hardships he was required to endure. 

Mike Tyson 

As a boxer, Mike Tyson was regarded as being among the best and was one of the hardest hitters in the history of boxing. His fame achieved great heights when he knocked out, Frank Bruno within the first minute of a boxing match to earn millions. However, Mike was another instance of an athlete who was born poor and had to go through several hardships when his father abandoned the family leaving his mother to care for Mike and his siblings.

Mike Tyson was apprehended over 30 times before the age of 13 and was allegedly involved in armed robberies. Despite achieving immense fame and fortune, Mike had legal problems following him throughout his boxing career. Recently, he has been making attempts to discover himself again and is finding success as an entertainer

Caron Butler 

Caron Butler

Butler had an impoverished childhood during his upbringing in Racine, Wisconsin where he was required to go through a rough period. His behavior and situation gradually worsened as he got older, which led him to become a drug dealer and was arrested 15 times before he reached the age of 15.

He discovered his love for basketball during his stay in detention. Eventually, he became a player strong enough to secure a college scholarship and history seems to have followed him ever since. Butler has enjoyed a lengthy career providing every evidence that it is indeed possible to become successful despite a difficult upbringing. 

Novak Djokovic 

Novak Djokovic is presently the top tennis player in the world having recently won a number of titles. He also has an Olympic medal to his credit.

Novak was born in Yugoslavia in 1987 and had to undergo hardships because of the war and the poverty he was born into. Belgrade was a troubled city within Yugoslavia and was going through its worst years. Novak’s family had to be very careful because the times were unpredictable and dangerous.

Novak was discovered by a tennis legend from Yugoslavia before history managed to reinvent itself. Novak went on to become among the top tennis players of all times.

“There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the truly poor, the others are rich people out of luck.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

Michael Oher 

michael oherWithin the NFL team, Carolina Panthers, Michael Oher acts as the offensive lineman. The story of his upbringing is among the most famous and highly publicized ones. It was his life which influenced the movie “The Blind Side” which won an Academy award and starred Sandra Bullock.

Michael was born in Memphis Tennessee and had an impoverished childhood because his mother was an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. His father was in and out of prison. Michael had to go through foster care and even deal with homelessness for a period of time before he was adopted by a loving family. This family supported his zeal to play football, which eventually changed his life. 

Mentioned above are some of the extremely poor individuals who became famous athletes. These people had nothing but their talent and had to go through poverty. They had to deal with all the negative things in their lives before finally achieving the fame and success. Novak Djokovic is presently riding high on his success, particularly after he managed to beat his longtime rivals. These individuals have put their past behind them. Today, they are successful athletes looking forward to a bright future in the days to come. 

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