Goran Pandev has won 108 caps for his national football team, scoring 34 goals that made him all-time top scorer in his country. He is a quick, hard-working left-footed striker with a very good technique that made him one of the biggest names in the Macedonian football industry of all time.
It’s safe to say that his success follows him to this day when Goran is already an established icon and a motivation for many people who want to follow in his footsteps.
In today’s article I will be exploring the world of football with one of the best football players that come from our very own beautiful country Macedonia, Goran Pandev.
Through his story, from humble beginnings to global appreciation and praise, I can motivate some of my readers to pursue their football goals and not give up on their dream to one day become the best football player in the world. Let us begin with a few questions.
1. How Did Goran Pandev Begin?
Q: Hello Goran. First off I would like to thank you for taking the time to partake in this interview. You are one of the best Macedonian football players with a huge number of achievements within your career. Did you always know that you wanted to be a football player and what’s that one thing that motivated you to enter this industry?
A: In order to achieve some of the achievements that I’ve achieved so far within my career, I had to dedicate a lot of time and effort.
Ever since I was a child, football has been one of my biggest passions in life, football was one of the main reasons I wanted to live, one of the few things that motivated me to get up from bed every morning up to a point where I wasn’t interested in anything else but football.
2. What Were the Biggest Challenges?
Q: The fact that you started your international career at the age of only 18 is quite impressive, however, as a young football player, what were some of the biggest challenges which you had to overcome at the time?
A: At the age of 18, I traveled to Italy where I never expected that one of my biggest dreams of becoming a professional football player in one of the best leagues in the world would become a reality.
I knew that the journey would be hard, especially in Italy due to the fact that I came from a smaller and lesser-known country, I knew that I would have to work three times as much compared to other players just to prove myself, and through this hard work, I managed to prove to the Italians that anyone, from any place in the world, can succeed within this sport.
3. What Achievement Has the Most Meaning to You?
Q: You have won a lot of awards and you are the best central forward player in the history of the Macedonian football representation. Do you have any achievement that has special meaning to you since you started your career in football?
A: I have won a lot of awards in Italy, but my favorite and most meaningful achievement so far has to be the UEFA Champions League trophy which is a dream for any professional football player.
I’m proud to bring back the football captain role in my country and one of my biggest wishes going forward is to place my country in the UEFA Europa League.
4. To What Do You Owe Your Success?
Q: To what do you owe your success? According to you, what is the one thing that separates a champion from the rest?
A: I owe my success to my confidence, long and powerful training session, and most of all my family who, on a daily basis motivated me through continuous support.
5. What Is Your Daily Routine Before Competition?
Q: What does your daily routine consist of and how do you prepare for an important competition?
A: I like to concentrate and relax with music and think as little as possible about the upcoming competition during my training sessions with the intent of achieving maximum efficiency.
6. How Do You Stay on Track With Your Diet?
Q: The Macedonian kitchen is quite different from the kitchen within the countries you have competed in. Do you have any specific diet you follow on a regular basis that provides you with the most optimal results and do you keep to this diet whenever you go around the world?
A: It is a fact that in order to be an effective athlete you must keep track of what you eat and take great care of your body with high levels of nutrition. I have my own nutritionist who keeps track of my food intake and suggests diets and plans for me to follow and thanks to him I remain in great shape.
7. What Did It Take to Make It?
Q: To be one of the greatest football players in the world, especially from Macedonia requires a lot of effort and commitment. Who was (and still is) your biggest motivation to achieve this level in your career?
A: As I previously mentioned, In order to be a great and effective football player, you need to fully commit yourself to your career. In my case, I had to give up on a lot of things in order to become the player I am today.
When my friends decided to go out late at night to pubs and parties, I always had to reject them, and one of my biggest sacrifices was the little to no time I could commit to my family due to the fact that I was always on some competition.
8. Would You Do Anything Else?
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what would you commit to doing instead?
A: I can’t imagine my life without football. I genuinely don’t know how to answer this question because football is my life, it brings light to my being, it’s just who I am.
9. Plans for the Future?
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In 10 years I see myself as a happy retired man who spends time with his family.
10. Piece of Advice to Younger Footballers?
Q: For the last question, what piece of advice would you give to all of the young and ambitious football players in Macedonia who are just starting out in their career or want to enter the football industry?
A: I would like to advise all of the young and brave souls who want to pursue a career in football to never give up and train as hard as they can, but they need to realize that football has it’s own set of obstacles and never lose faith in what they believe in.
With the right mindset and belief in themselves, they can achieve everything. I hope that all of their wishes come true.
Thank you very much for your honest and inspiring answers Goran. It was truly a pleasure to have you with me today, and I wish you all the best in the future.
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