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Freddy Adu, soccer prodigy

Born in Ghana in 1989, Freddy Adu hit the headlines at the tender age of 10, when Italian soccer giants Inter Milan spotted his talent and made a six-figure offer for him that was turned down by his mother.

He went on to make his professional debut in US Major League Soccer at just 14, and now plays for the United States Under-20 national side. Freddy Adu Adu grew up in the port city of Tema in Ghana, where he played football barefoot against men three times his age. When he was eight, his mother won an immigration lottery, and he and his family moved to Washington D.C. Adu became a U.S. citizen in 2003, when he was already the most talked-about player in American soccer history.

At 16, Adu is using his considerable fame to draw attention to the plight of children who haven’t managed to escape poverty the way he has, recording a Public Service Announcement for WFP in which he calls for support for the fight to end hunger, which kills a child every five seconds.

Profession: soccer player. Became the youngest-ever member of a U.S. national soccer team when he made his debut for the Under-17 side at the age of 13.

WFP partner since: November 2005