Former Holland international Edgar Davids listed an early start to competition, a professional training environment and quality work as the keys to success in any sport.
He spoke at a seminar organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in association with the Juventus Academy and was attended by the club officials in the capital city at their headquarters on Wednesday.
“It’s important for any player to possess a professional attitude at every level of his career and to be able to handle difficult situations, the challenges and the pressure at any given time,” he said.
“Success for a player will come when you work closely with the technical staff and fellow teammates, to understand one’s role in the team and obviously to improve the skills and tactical play.
“It is also important for the players to adhere to a balanced diet and training program to maintain a high level of fitness.”
Davids, who won 74 international caps for Holland from 1994 to 2005, pointed out that UAE football had a bright future with a lot of talent at their disposal, but warned there was no easy way to success in sports.
“If you want to improve as a player, you need to face real challenges at every level,” he said.
“When someone gets used to get everything on a platter it reduces one’s ambitions in the stadiums.”
The former Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Tottenham midfielder said the UAE was one of his favourite destinations.
“I have been visiting the UAE since 2002 and I am impressed by the country’s progress in the development of tourism and leisure facilities, shopping malls and social life,” he said.