Sidemen Charity Match star Miniminter reveals just how close he came to becoming a professional footballer | The Sun
6th September 2023

MINIMINTER has revealed how close he came to having a career as a professional footballer.

The YouTube star – whose real name is Simon Minter -will be one of the stars of the Sidemen Charity Match this weekend.

Simon, 30, has featured in the social media star football match in the past and often wowed with his football skills.

The YouTuber and Leeds fan has admitted that he is not good enough to make it as a footballer.

However, Simon still has a thought that if he had been in an academy and played football every day then he could have had a shot.

During his childhood, he almost had the chance to shine in front of a scout, but because of a clash of fixtures, he missed out while team-mate Jonathan Bond got signed.


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Bond, 30, went on to have a career in the professional game with clubs such as Watford, West Brom and Reading.

He is now playing for MLS outfit LA Galaxy alongside the likes of Javier Hernandez and Douglas Costa.

Simon however, just wishes he had played in that game so he would know if he could have earned a spot at an academy.

He told the What's Good Podcast: "I'm salty I was not signed when I was four, I think I could have made it.

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"If I was signed to an academy when I was four and made to play football every day, I would have had a chance.

"I have never had a scout watch me play, I know I am not good enough now at all, but at school level I never had a scout watch me play.

"The scout that watched Jonathan Bond play that game he watched we had a club and school tournament on the same day.

"We had me, Jonathan Bond and two other mates that played for the club and the school.

"The club and school came together because they were both big occasions and agreed to take two each.

"Me and one of my mates played for the club and then the other played for the school.

"Jonathan Bond got scouted there as well as another game, but my thing is I wish I was there so I would known I would not have been scouted.

"Now it is like, what if I played that game, I know I was not good enough, but what if I played.

"I wish I had played that game so I knew."

Simon has gone on to have a successful career on YouTube and boasts over 18million subscribers on his various channels on the platform, plus an estimated fortune of £9million.

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He is also a part of the Sidemen group, who have 16.5 million subscribers on their main YouTube channel.

The Sidemen Charity Match will feature two teams of internet stars such as KSI, Mr Beast and IShowSpeed as they face off at the London Stadium.

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