By Owen Amos
BBC News

Publishedduration52 minutes agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightPiotr Lesniowskiimage captionMateusz Kuzimski (right) after scoring on his debut for Warta Poznan in the Polish Cup in August against Blekitni Stargard

It isn't easy lifting celeriac for 10, 12, or even 15 hours a day, as Mateusz Kuzimski knows only too well.

Kuzimski grew up in Poland and dreamed of being a professional footballer. He supported Barcelona and idolised Thierry Henry.

But by his early 20s, the Henry wannabee was in a warehouse in Cambridgeshire, working on a line, packing vegetables.

"It was hard," he tells the BBC. "I was packing celeriac all day long – and they get quite heavy, you know?"

It seemed the dream was over – yet seven years later, Kuzimski is scoring goals in the Polish top division. So how did it happen?