Memphis Slave Ancestors

In the interview with El Periódico, the Dutch forward reveals that his name may come from some ancestors who lived in Mississippi.


Many legend has walked the name of Memphis Depay throughout the years of his career. In the early years of his career, he asked not to be known by his last name, as his father left his mother Dennis and left home to start another family.

Less is known, however, about the origin of his first name. In the interview with El Periódico, Memphis clarifies where it thinks it could come from. "I know there is a city in the United States with that name. But there is also another in Egypt, next to the Nile. There is a passage in the Bible that talks about it. In Mississippi, some of my ancestors were slaves. I want to think that It is a name with a strong meaning and that my parents knew they would have a strong son.

In the interview, Memphis also makes it clear that he feels like someone special, capable of making art and not paying attention to football for 24 hours, but also giving priority to other areas such as music, clothing ... "God gave me a talent to have fun and to amuse others. I am a player who needs freedom. Creators are always free. I think I have diverse talents. I do not have to watch football 24 hours a day. I am a believer, faith gives me inner peace and I feel mature because of the experiences I have had in my life ".

The Dutchman also admits that he couldn't even talk to Messi: "I didn't even meet him. He came late to the preseason for the break after the America's Cup and I couldn't even say hello to him."

The Dutchman praises the costumes: "Everyone has been very nice and they have made it easy for me. Piqué has helped me a lot because his English is good. We also had a lot of fun with Jordi Alba. Of course, Frenkie de Jong and Dest, because I already knew them. I have found it to be a very nice people's locker room ".

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