When soccer star Dele Alli won Young Player of the Season last week, the 20-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder easily made headlines. His 46-year-old father Kenny Alli has for the first time revealed his son’s growing-up years and the family’s royal roots. In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Kenny revealed how the Tottenham Hotspur ace is a prince in Nigeria through birth. According to Kenny who is based in Houston, Texas: “If Dele went back to Nigeria now it would be crazy. He would have a presidential welcome wherever he goes. Everybody watches him play and is proud of him. It opens every door for him being a prince. As he is he can talk to our prime minister and the president if he wants to.” Describing Dele’s interest in soccer as a young boy, Kenny added that,”The only way he went to school was if he could play football afterwards. When we left I took him to America – but I saw that he could not live there because football is not a big sport. I knew the best place for him was here in the UK.I have always been in his life. There has never been a time when I have not been in his life.” Kenny is expected to travel to France this summer to watch Dele play for England – if, as expected, he makes Roy Hodgson’s squad.