John Cofie, a former Manchester United wonderkid who cost the Red Devils £1 million when he was 14, is now a school mentor.
John Cofie, a promising striker, appeared to have the world at his feet in 2007.
The boy, who was 14 at the time, had the world at his feet and was regarded as one of England’s top talents while playing for Burnley.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United quickly swooped in for the wonderkid, paying £1 million for him, making him the youngest millionaire in football history.
He did not make a single appearance with the Red Devils, though, and left in 2013.
His career was put on hold after spells with Barnsley, Crawley Town, and Wrexham.
At the age of 27, the former England U17 international retired after only 77 appearances for 13 different clubs.
Cofie, who was born in Ghana, now works at a school in Lancashire, where he mentors children in a football program that he formerly participated in.
Burnley welcomed Cofie to the UK after he impressed in a football camp in Germany, where his father was stationed.
Charlie Jackson, the school’s Head of Football Development, took him under his wing when he joined at Moorland School.
Cofie was a standout player for The Clarets as a youngster, and was quickly dubbed the best player of his time.
Managers from the country’s major clubs would come to Cofie’s school to attempt to persuade him to sign for them.
“It was a farce.” To mention Chelsea and Liverpool isn’t even close to telling the whole story “The Burnley Express reported on Jackson’s comments.
“We had to turn several managers from big clubs back down the drive because there were so many clubs.”
“They all wanted to talk to him one-on-one.” We assumed he was going to move to Liverpool because he was a Liverpool supporter as a kid, but United came in.” Fergie was the man that won the race to sign the prodigy in 2007.
With the £1 million deal, he became the world’s youngest millionaire footballer.
He continued his development in their young squad, where he would partner up with Paul Pogba, a French wonderkid with whom he is still friends today.
In 2011, Cofie was a key member of the club’s FA Youth Cup-winning squad.
Jackson believes that as a kid, he was a better player than World Cup winner Paul Pogba.
“I believe he was the best player at 14,” Jackson stated.
“He was superior to Pogba. Ravel Morrison, an incredible talent, was the only player who came close to matching him, but his environment has altered him.” The burden of the price tag, though, was to take its toll on young Cofie.
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