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‘I represent both Nigeria and Greece’ – NBA MVP Giannis

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has hailed his Nigerian roots after finally becoming an NBA champion.

Born in Greece to Nigerian parents in 1994, Giannis, who worked as a street seller in Athens as a kid to help his family make ends meet, also won the NBA Finals MVP trophy after becoming the first player since Bob Pettit 60 years ago to score 50 points in an NBA Finals game.

The two-time league MVP has spoken at length about the struggles he and his family endured in Greece, with his family often lacking the proper paperwork. He and his brothers Francis, Thanasis, Kostas and Alex would sell trinkets in the street to help the family.

“I represent both of my countries, Nigeria and Greece, and a lot of kids from there,” he said after winning the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

“For the whole of Africa and Europe. I know that I’m a role model.

“This should make everybody believe in their dreams. When things look down and it looks like you might not make it in your career, in basketball or anything, just believe in what you’re doing and keep working. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can’t be or can’t do.”

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