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Arthur Ppugeot of Paris, France wins IMG Academy Boys Soccer Gatorade G-Award Week of July 8

Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential. 

The IMG Academy Boys Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 8 is 17-year-old Arthur Ppugeot from Paris, France.

How long have you been playing soccer for?

I've been playing soccer since I was four or five years old.

Who are your coaches?

Coach Mike Parsons and coach Tonio Paternostro.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

My favorite thing about IMG Academy is meeting new people from all around the world. All of the facilities are really nice too.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

I like to concentrate and laugh with my friends before I play.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Zinedine Zidane because he did great things for the French team and he's the best soccer player that has ever played for France.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

I like to party, shout, listen to music and just be happy with the team after I win a game. 

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

Just the love of the game motivates me to push through a tough practice.