Rico Lewis: From the Gym to Glory with Manchester City

Meeting Rico Lewis, you’re struck by his humility and down-to-earth demeanor, qualities not often associated with someone who achieved as much as he did at such a young age. Lewis, who won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League treble with Manchester City before turning 19, credits much of his character to his upbringing in his father’s Muay Thai gym in Bury.

His father, Rick, a former two-time Muay Thai champion, instilled in Rico the values of self-discipline and humility from a young age. Despite the potential to excel in martial arts like his father, Rico chose football, joining City’s academy at the age of eight. His journey from academy prospect to first-team regular wasn’t without its challenges, but Rico’s dedication and talent eventually paid off.

His breakthrough came during City’s pre-season tour in the United States, where he got the chance to train and play alongside established stars like Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, who had already made the transition from academy to first team.

Now, with nearly 50 appearances for Manchester City under his belt, Rico is carving out his own path in the team. He credits his teammate Phil Foden, who went through a similar journey, for guiding him through the transition to the first team.

Playing under Pep Guardiola comes with its own set of demands, but Rico embraces the intensity and high standards set by the manager. He’s constantly looking to improve and contribute to the team’s success.

Off the field, Rico remains grounded, thanks to the support of his family. His father, Rick, praises Rico for his discipline, respect, and kindness, and sees him as an inspiration to many.

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