Gareth Bale is relaxed about his status as football's rising star - saying his previous hard times have played a vital role in his development.
The Tottenham winger's stock is rising all the time, with two stellar Champions League performances against Inter Milan the highlights of an outstanding season to date.
It was not always the case, though, with the young Welshman having suffered with a long-term foot injury after his move from Southampton and famously not featured in a Spurs win until over two years after his arrival.
"When you've had the downs I think it makes you realise how important football is to you," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not a long career and you have to make the most of it. Every game you can play, you want to play because you know it's not going to last forever.