Grass to Grace: May Mahlangu's unique journey out of poverty

Grass to Grace: May Mahlangu's unique journey out of poverty

- South African midfielder May Mahlangu made a name for himself in Europe before he became known in Mzansi

- Mahlangu took the unconventional route of bypassing the PSL to play in the Swedish league

- The midfielder has amassed more than 300 appearances in European club football and has gone from rags to riches

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The traditional path that most footballers follow when they start their senior career is to make the cut at one of the clubs in the Premier Soccer League.

Strong performances in the league then hopefully earns a national team call-up with potential for a big money move to Europe.

May Mahlangu's rags to riches story is all the more impressive when one considers that he bypassed the PSL and went straight to Europe.

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After racking up 40 appearances at Alexandra United, Mahlangu earned a move to Swedish club Helsingborgs IF in 2008.

The midfielder won a host of accolades during his time in Sweden and was named the player of the year in 2009. came across the below video, which showcases Mahlangu's precocious talent at the tender age of 16.

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Mahlangu left the club after five impressive seasons, but chose not to play in South Africa.

Since then, he has featured for clubs in Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria and now features for Ordabasy in Kazaksthan

Through his talent and the shrewd move abroad, Mahlangu escaped a life of poverty in Embalenhle and now boasts some impressive assets.

Mahlangu is often seen sporting designer clothing and is no stranger to Gucci. reported that the 31-year-old bought matching BMW 2 Series Coupes for him and his wife. The cars retail for an eye-watering figure of up to R863 000.

Previously, shared an interesting article, which featured a full bio on the former Bafana Bafana star.

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