The ‘English Maradona’ suffered ‘split lip’ after gang of 15 kids attacked him

Ex-childhood prodigy Sonny Pike, who was once dubbed ‘the new Maradona’, once suffered a split lip after a gang of “20 or 15 kids” set upon him after he went to the cinema with friends.

Murmurs of Pike’s incredible talent first began to swirl around the footballing universe when he was as young as eight-years-old. By the time he had reached his teenage years, the likes of Coca Cola, McDonald's, and Mizuno were already looking to commit him to advertising deals, while the likes of Tottenham and Ajax were also scouting his progress.

But the surreal fame at such a young age often resulted in a fog of jealousy and hatred descending upon many individuals, who either wanted to hack him on the football pitch or even hurt him of it. And Pike, who is now 39 years old, opened up on a petrifying incident which saw a nasty gang follow him to a cinema.

“My local area, football aside, people came to Enfield from areas such as Tottenham and Edmonton,” Pike said to the Under the Cosh podcast. “I was in a cinema once and I was watching some old-school 90s film like Cool Runnings, with five of my mates.

“One of my mates has gone out, come back into the cinema and said to me ‘there’s about 20 kids out there who want to weigh you in and they’re waiting for you to come out of the cinema’ and I froze. It was nothing to do with football they just knew me from the area.

“I remember, I was thinking ‘whoa please don’t let this film finish.” When the film finished, Pike was happy to see the gang had left.

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Unfortunately, the terrifying ordeal was far from over for the youngster. “I walked home and they had gone to my local park and as I’ve gone to get to my house, they’ve seen me and they’ve all come running down the road,” Pike added.

“They pretty much took up the whole street. They come running down at me and one of them cracked me and sent me into the road.

“I had a big split lip but I got back into my house. That was just one, I must have had that maybe five to ten times.”

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