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The Ins And Outs Of Being An Elite Footballer with Football Agent Stijn Francis


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The Ins And Outs Of Being An Elite Footballer with Football Agent Stijn Francis

September 09, 2020 by Tola

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The goal of every young footballer is to achieve the dream of becoming a professional athlete. The “dream come true” feeling.

For that dream to come true you have to become elite. Elite in the sense that you have to stand out. So how do you become an elite footballer?

Becoming a professional footballer is very competitive and you have many people who would take your spot if you don’t keep working.

I vividly remember my own journey in football and what i would have given then to have all the knowledge i have today.

That’s why i’m so passionate about helping young athletes by giving them all the tool to become the best athlete they can be. That’s what Athlete Maestro is all about.

If they can be the best athlete they can be, then their dream will become a reality.

I admit that i don’t have all the knowledge which is why i bring great guest on the podcast to share their experience, knowledge and expertise with us.

On instagram i get tons of messages from athletes and young footballers asking what they can do to become an elite footballer.

Truth is many of them just want connections. That’s why this episode of the podcast is super important.

If you watch the English Premier League then you probably know Tottenham Hotspurs. If you know Tottenham, then you might know defender Toby Alderweireld.

Maybe the Italian Serie A is your medicine. Then you know Napoli and one of their star players Dries Mertens.

What if you could speak to the agent of these two top players? Well, i did and i want you to listen in on the conversation.

This week on the podcast i had Stijn Francis on. Stijn is a Sports Lawyer and Football Agent and he’s one of the very best in Belgium. His clients include Toby Alderweireld and Dries Mertens just to name a few. He is CEO of Stirr Associates, one the biggest football agencies in Belgium.

What impresses me most about Stijn is that he isn’t your typical agent who’s looking for how to make money on the next deal. Money is great yes but there’s more important things in football like the players themselves.

He’s actually trying to help players keep more of their money so when they retire they are not bankrupt.

That’s why he wrote the book “The Bankrupt Footballer” and shared 50 rules to take control of the business side of sports. Unfortunately the book isn’t in English (still begging him to find time to convert) but as we have listeners from all over the world, click the link above to get your hands on it.

Even if you’re not yet an elite footballer and making the big bucks yet, you still need to be prepared.

So do you want to become an elite footballer? Come and listen to this episode.

If you loved this episode shoot me an email tola@athletemaestro.com and i’ll be sure to send Stijn your love.

If you have any questions as it relates to your career, you can ask as well.

Don’t forget to share this episode with your teammates and don’t forget to follow Stijn on social media, he’s @stijnfrancis and @stirrassociates on Instagram. He’s @stijnfrancis on twitter. He prefers Instagram though.

Remember, knowing is not enough you must apply, willing is not enough you must do.

Athlete Maestro is a podcast for athletes looking to break their mental and physical limitations so they can achieve high performance in their sports goals


  • The attitude of an elite footballer.
  • What agents are looking for in football players.
  • How you can get to Europe to play professional football.
  • Who you should be surrounding yourself with to become elite
  • What separates the best footballers from average footballers.
  • and more

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Athlete MaestroTOLA OGUNLEWE

Tola Ogunlewe is a Sports Performance Coach, Sports Lawyer, Father and the creator of Athlete Maestro.

He is a real world mentor to young athletes.

If you’re ready to learn how to make the most of your talent, become the athlete you were meant to be, achieve self mastery, deliberate practice and create you own path to success in sports, join us and he’ll show you how.

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