Jakub Blaszczykowski is a Polish footballer born on the 14th of December, 1985. He has played for clubs like Borrusia Dortmund, Fiorentina and Wolfsburg.
As a child, he witnessed a major tragedy which will change his life forever as he watched his father stab his mother to death.
His dreams and hopes were shattered, he watched as his life came crumbling at such a tender age. He went on to live with his grandmother and quit what he loved doing most – playing football.
His uncle, a former captain of the Polish national team encouraged him to embrace his passion and look beyond his setbacks and chase after his dream.
That was the turning point in his life as he went on to face the world and became a shining light in his native club before he signed a lucrative contract with Borrusia Dortmund in Germany.
His determination to succeed is incredible, he worked his way through the lower leagues in Poland and with the help of his uncle he got a trial with Wisla Kraków who was playing in Ekstraklasa – the top division in Poland. In his first season with Wisla, he helped them to a league title as the right – midfielder and in the second season, the club finished as runners-up.
The 2006-07 seasons were his last season in Poland and he marked it by winning Canal’s “Football Oscar” for the best midfielder in Ekstraklasa.
He is the most capped player for Poland and captained them as they co-hosted UEFA Euro 2012 while also appearing at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.