Giovanni Reyna opened up about the heartbreaking story of his brother

By Federico Aldrighetti

Giovanni Reyna opened up about the heartbreaking story of his brother

The young USMNT star made his feelings public about the hard times he went through with the illness his older brother Jack suffered and how did he encourage him to be a soccer player.

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Giovanni Reyna may be only 18 years old, but he has already established himself in Borussia Dortmund’s starting eleven and in USMNT call ups, after he declared his desire to play for America and ditched Argentina, England and Portugal.

In a letter he wrote for The Players Tribune titled For Jack, Reyna opened up about his childhood and Jack, his older brother and hero. The young midfielder said that with Jack he not only started to play soccer but also learned how to be good and try to improve.

Sadly, Jack passed away due to a brain cancer when Giovanni was 11 years old. Reyna pointed out his brother’s death made him use sports as a getaway, and slowly started to develop as a soccer player.



After, Reyna talked about the good coaches he had, his teenage years admiring Neymar and Kylian Mbappé and the leap of faith he took when he left his family and moved to Germany to sign for Borussia Dortmund. He also talked about the time he faced his idols in a match against Paris Saint-Germain and how he would have made Jack proud.

Lastly, Reyna expressed his desire to be one of the best 10 players in the world. He demonstrated to be conscious of the level he is playing at, and declared he wants to be a world class player as a long term goal.




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