Although Benfica rookie Freddy Adu has turned heads with some late game heroics, the American attacker says his most important progress during his short time in Portugal has come off the field.
The teen phenom believes that maturity away from the park will lead to greater benefits when it comes time to take the field.
“I’ve grown up a lot,” Adu told Fox. “I’m taking care of everything, living on my own, and I’ve asked my Mom when she visits not to stay for a long time.”
“I want to be an adult and I want to be in an environment where I am able to handle a lot of my own things,” he added. “My career is in my own hands, and I want to deal with adversity.”
“I want to learn to be a pro.”