The Porto and Brazil striker reveals his top tips for MOTD readers, and tells us about his life in footy!
What advice would you give to a youngster who wants to be a footballer?
HULK SAYS: “They must do their best, be very committed, work hard, listen to the advice of those who are really going to help them out, and they must continue working. However, more important than the job you have, is the man you are.”
What is the most important attribute that you need in football?
HULK SAYS: “Quality is a must. But you must always keep your head on your shoulders and, above all, have humility. Knowing how to receive compliments, and criticisms, and continue working to be able to be the best.”
Who has been your biggest inspiration growing up?
HULK SAYS: “My biggest source of inspiration was my dad. He used to play football, not as a professional footballer, but he played on Sundays and I would always go with him. He really was a source of inspiration for me.”
If you weren’t a footballer, which other sport would you have liked to be a professional at?
HULK SAYS: “Besides football I like to watch other sports like Formula 1, basketball and volleyball. Whenever I have the chance, I watch those sports. But apart from football it’s difficult to choose one, because ever since I was a small kid I was always passionate about football. So I can’t really imagine myself doing anything else for a living.”
What has been your biggest achievement outside of football?
HULK SAYS: “It was when I started playing football professionally in Vitória. I was 16 and I managed to buy my mother her first house - it was my first achievement. I come from a poor family, a humble family, and I was fortunate enough to be able to buy my mum a house. That’s my first memory of football.”
What do you look for in your football boots?
HULK SAYS: “I believe the football boots help the player a lot. But it wouldn’t be of any use to be light if they weren’t comfortable. I’ve used Mizuno football boots for a long time and I like them because they are light, but also comfortable.”
What do you like most about the new Morelia Neo football boots?
HULK SAYS: “The Morelia range is already famous throughout the world for being very comfortable and light. The new Morelia Neo is now the lightest ever leather football boot in the world. So they brought together the quality of the football boots together with lightness.”