Born in the city of Kolhapur, Aniket Varekar grew up listening to stories of his father playing football. Although some stories were fun, his father could not play the sport for as long as he wanted, as being the oldest brother in the family, he had to take care of his younger sisters. It is for the same reason that Aniket has the undying support of his father and family to ensure that at least Aniket follows his dream. A lot of his friends and fellow footballers made fun of Aniket and his hope of being selected for the U Dream Programme and going to Germany. His selection silenced them all.
Aniket has the ability of being able to shoot and score with both feet. He is quick on his field and has been credited with scoring the most number of goals in a game during his school game. Before he heads out for a match, Aniket’s father and him discuss how many goals he will score in that match, and if Aniket succeeds, there is a small cash prize that he happily claims.
He credits his growth in football to his school coaches and wants to ensure that he takes full advantage of this opportunity given to him to become something big and do them proud.