World At Her Feet

Friday, October 12, 2018
AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018

An eventful 2018 has seen China PR’s Wang Shuang finish third at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and claim silver at the Asian Games, before starting her career with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

It’s fair to say that it’s been a whirlwind six months for Wang Shuang, the China forward who helped the Steel Roses finish third at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan to secure a place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Then, after narrowly missing out on the gold medal following defeat to Japan in the Asian Games final, Wang headed to Europe to join French giants Paris Saint- Germain.

With a huge 12 months to come, the forward discusses her career to date and looks ahead to the future.

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How happy were you with China’s performances at the Asian Cup and Asian Games?

During the 2018 Asian Games, we played very well and stuck together as a team. We were much more like a team compared to how we played at the Asian Cup in Jordan.

You have played in the FIFA World Cup before – what are your memories of 2015 in Canada?

The 2015 World Cup was my first ever experience at the World Cup, and I still remember how nervous I was and how my teammates helped me to get over those feelings.

I was also very excited, but looking back I feel that I was not very mature in terms of my technical ability and skill.

How did it feel to sign for Paris Saint-Germain and how have your first experiences of France been?

I was very nervous but also excited when I signed the contract with PSG. I have been lucky enough to meet [Angel] Di Maria, Neymar and [Gianluigi] Buffon in person. It did not feel real!

I am very happy that I scored in my first match for the team, as I had only had three training sessions with them.

What differences do you expect to find from China and the Chinese Super League?

My life here is very different from when I was in China. Everything is different, and it’s very professional here. But life is life and training is training.

What do you hope to achieve in your time in Paris and also in the future with China?

My aim is always to help the team score goals and win matches. As a striker, that is my job and I will continue to do that for my whole career.

Who do you look up to in life and why?

Sun Wen is my lifetime idol. She is a very kind person and she always gives the younger players advice and suggestions by using her own personal experiences.

She has experienced a lot in her career and life so she advises me on how to face my difficulties on and off the pitch.

What’s been the best moment of your career and why?

I think the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia has been the best moment so far, and I will never forget that experience.

This is the first time I have got so close to the trophy but in the end, unfortunately, we lost it.

Finally, you have been referred to as the Chinese Messi – what do you think of that nickname?

[Laughs] People call me the Chinese Messi but I am a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo! I appreciate that people are giving such a big compliment by comparing me to Messi, but I am a long way behind him.

Ronaldo is more of an idol to me as he works so hard and sets such a good example of how to be a professional player.

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