Wilfried Zaha is universally loved by Crystal Palace fans everywhere, but in truth, his genuine personality has always been something of a mystery to many of us.
This interview with Wilfried Zaha presents a truly unbiased and honest representation of the man behind the myths for the first time in his still young career. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time.
Thankfully, following a new documentary (which is attached above) we now have a full and honest picture of the thoughts, hopes and dreams which make him tick from day to day. The interview itself is not conducted under bright studio lights, and instead sees Wilf indulging in a causal yet deeply introspective discussion about the moments that have shaped his character over the years.
Far removed from the self-indulgent, cocky upstart that he was painted as during his time with Manchester United, Zaha is instead and humble and thoughtful young man, who clearly takes a huge deal of comfort from the simple things in life.
Happy to reference the temptations that growing up in South London brings, Wilf gives an insight into his state of mind throughout adolescence, when chasing his dream was of paramount importance ahead of the distractions that forced so many others to lose their way. Make no mistake, his story is one of triumph over adversity.
Almost provoked into disclosing the incredibly impressive work he does for charities, both here and in the Ivory Coast, Zaha doesn’t seem to a man who craves the notoriety that comes with a celebrity lifestyle, preferring instead to work hard and keep a solid perspective on what is truly important in his world; family, friends and football.
Given the ubiquitous nature of footballing news in 2015, there is more than enough content to keep you occupied throughout the day, but I cannot recommend this interview with Wilfried highly enough.
Now 23 years old, it gives a true to life image of a young man who has been through a huge amount in a short space of time. As one of Crystal Palace FC’s favourite sons, he deserves to have people seeing the truest side of his personality, rather than the persona that has been created for him through lies in the mass media since he first burst onto the scene at Old Trafford.
Give it a watch, you won’t regret it.