|Full name||Luke Pike|
|Date of birth||1983/1984|
|Place of birth||England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Luke "Sonny" Pike (born 1983/1984) is an English former footballer who became famous at a young age for his tremendous talent which saw him being compared to other famous stars such as Diego Maradona and George Best.
Pike's talent was present from an early age and led to his signature for Dutch side Ajax at the age of only seven. Pike was playing for the Leyton Orient youth team at the time. He was described by football magazine WSC as a player who, "had a lot of skill, could pass it and was a nice player, but he lacked pace."
However, the pressure on Pike led to both his personal mental breakdown in 2000 and the collapse of his parents' marriage. Pike's collapse has been used as a warning to other young athletes, such as Cherno Samba and Rhain Davis.
After leaving Ajax, Pike returned to England and played non-league football with teams including Stevenage Borough, Barnet, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Dryburgh Saints, all under his birth name of Luke Pike.
Some sources state that after retiring from football, Pike attended the University of Dundee, however Pike himself stated in a 2016 interview that this was not true. At the time of the interview he was working as a taxi driver in London, having previously trained as a carpenter.
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Twelve year old Sonny Pike is a footballing genius
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- Ames, Nick (25 February 2016). "Sonny Pike on life as a football prodigy: 'At 17 my head was finished. I was suicidal'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
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