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After being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16, Jamie Vardy described that very moment as 'the lowest point' in his life.
Like many others, he became disillusioned with the game and stopped playing before a friend persuaded him to play for Wickersley Youth in Rotherham.
In the next few months, he combined playing for Stocksbridge with back-breaking work in a carbon fibre factory for just £30 a week. Vardy initially struggled in the eighth tier of English football but soon found form.
Since his release, the now-Leicester City striker has represented England, broken records and won the Premier League title but for the majority, they will never play at the highest level.
In fact, between the ages of 13 and 16, a monumental 76% of players in the youth system drop out.
To put things into further perspective, only 180 of the 1.5 million players who are playing organised youth football in England at any one time will make it as a Premier League pro.
That's according to Business Insider, who report that there's only a 0.012% success rate of making it as a Premier League professional, something that both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have both achieved.
The pair have received plenty of criticism for their efforts this season, especially with Manchester United's drop in form, but it seems they have made a real statement here with their latest Instagram posts.
This 0.012% from Rashford and Lingard has been my argument since forever. Such a small percentage of boys grow up to be pro footballers, so stop moaning about their wages. Imagine how much the top 0.012% of business people make...- Charlie (@Charlanardo) May 28, 2019
So Rashford & Lingard posted 0.012% in relation to how many player make it to PL level in England. Rashford has been outscored by Josh King at Bournemouth for the last 4 years & TAA from Liverpool has more assists in one season than Lingard has in his career.- Alistair B (@abworth2813) May 28, 2019
More on Lingard and Rashford. No doubt when criticism comes. You'd like to push back if it's too much. Here's the thing, that solves nothing. You're posting 0.012% of players make it to be professional in England. That should make you even more motivated and grounded. #MUFC- United Under Ole (@UtdUnderOle) May 28, 2019
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