ANOTHER FORMER SOCCER PLAYER GETS HUGE
In Europe, soccer is the most popular sport. OG mass monster Markus Rühl was an excellent footballer (the USA is the only place that sport is referred to as “soccer"), and UK star Nathan De asha played semipro soccer for 10 years for the Liverpool Football Club before transitioning to bodybuilding. Vlad's story growing up in Ukraine isn't so different. “I played football from age 10 to 16, and it was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League." Not only is soccer wildly popular, but the money ain't bad either. Its athletes are the fourth-highest earners in professional sports after the NBA, MLB, and NFL, and ahead of ice hockey, golf, tennis, auto racing, and boxing. Nathan De asha had his start in the weight room as a soccer player, and so did Suhoruchko. “The coach told all of us on my team that we should devote more time to strength training," he says. At first, they only hit the weights once a week. That's when the iron bug began to bite Vlad. “I was so excited about training, and I liked it so much that I asked my coach for more training days." One workout a week turned to two, then three, and like anyone with elite genetics, the results began to manifest. “Everyone from the team started noticing the changes in my body, and that just made me more motivated than ever," he says.
OFF THE FIELD, ON STAGE
Not long after, some guys from his gym began preparing for a regional bodybuilding contest. Vlad's interest was piqued, and he decided to go check it out and see what the level of competition was like, secretly wondering if he was ready himself to put his newly built muscles under the scrutiny of judges. “I remember every detail of that day, sitting and watching that competition," he says. “I knew immediately I could do well, and I promised myself I would be on that stage the next year."
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