Adama Traore has been one of Wolves ' standout players this season but things could've been very different had he opted to join the gangs of Barcelona .
The winger has opened up on life on the outskirts of Spain's second biggest city where being part of a gang was a source of "popularity".
Traore's father left Mali and moved to a poor area on the outskirts of Barcelona called L'Hospilatet while he was still young.
The 24-year-old came through Barcelona's academy with football always his main focus, but he concedes drugs, alcohol and fights were part of daily life.
He told AS: "Yes, a lot of times. Me, my brother, a Dominican friend, everyone. At that time, being part of a gang was something that made you popular.
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"But we had a different mentality. We wanted to be footballers, not part of some gang. You saw fights almost every day and we didn't want to fight.
"Of course, I was in fights [anyway]. There were gangs in the school I went to. They fought each other constantly. I saw guns, fights with bats, knives, bottles… everything.
"They've done a great job in Hospitalet now though and everything is a lot calmer."
On Thursday night he will be part of a Wolves side who take a 4-0 advantage to Espanyol, who play less than three miles from where Traore grew up.
He made 63 appearances for Barcelona B before making the move to Aston Villa in the summer of 2015 and has remained in England since.
After his spell at Villa Park he moved to Middlesbrough and then Wolves where he has become an integral part of their swift upward trajectory.
Some of his performances for Nuno Espirito Santo's side have seen him linked with Liverpool and Manchester City, although he would command quite the fee.
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