(CNN)Oliver Sonne had given up hope of becoming a professional footballer. The Danish teenager had lost his motivation, stopped believing and grown tired of training with his small town club.
'This could be a game changer': The app hoping to revolutionize football
Practicing four times a week without much reward or recognition had taken its toll.
The 17-year-old wanted to do what ordinary teenagers did: hang out with friends, relax, have fun.
"I started to think I'd never get to the point where I could go professional," he tells CNN Sport.
On the recommendation of friends, and in one last bid to fulfill his boyhood ambitions, Sonne downloaded a football app. Quickly, life changed. Dreams were revived.
By using Tonsser, a Danish football performance app for players aged between 12 and 19, the central midfielder has signed an 18-month contract with Danish top-flight side FC Copenhagen and is now a regular for the Under-19s.
On the back of his "off the charts" stats on an app which works as a social network and is currently being used by 600,000 young footballers, FC Copenhagen weren't the only club interested in Sonne.
He had a trial with French side Marseille, former Champions League winners and this season's Europa League finalists, and was invited back to the south of France for another tryout. But, still young, Sonne did not want to leave Denmark and headed to his country's capital instead to put pen to paper on a professional deal.
"After a short period people started looking at my profile and started following me and I got more people watching me," explains Sonne of the app which allows players to input their own performance data and videos and connect with teammates.
"A part of me hoped the app would help before I decided to quit completely, but I didn't know it would actually come true.
"It's cool for players who play for small clubs and want to do something in football. I think it could be really big. It's already pretty big in Denmark. It could be huge."
This is an app, say those who work for Tonsser, which could revolutionize youth football.
Started by Simon Hjaere and Peter Holm in a basement in Copenhagen four years ago, the startup is designed to give players control of their destiny.
They compare their product to Linkedin, describing the app as a place where young players can build their resumes.
By creating their own digital profiles, using it to showcase videos and stats -- such as assists, goals, man-of-the-match performances -- Tonsser gives young players the chance to be noticed in a cutthroat world.
This is a sport where dreams are often crushed and young hearts rarely mended. For instance, according to Michael Calvin in his book "No Hunger in Paradise" only 180 of the 1.5 million boys who play organized youth football in England will become a Premier League professional.
The company now has approximately 30 employees and offices in Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin.
Hjaere, a passionate football fan who once played in Denmark's lower leagues, tells CNN Sport that his creation was inspired by Football Manager, joking that he spent too much time playing the popular computer game when he was younger.
"We want a fair race," says Hjaere.
"No matter what their level, we want players to reach their potential.
"Oliver is just one story. We had a Danish guy, he was playing in the seventh division in Denmark and from the data we could see he was a talented guy and he's now signed a contract with a club playing in the third division.
"It's not only at the top level, but it's also giving players at a lower level an opportunity to go to the next step."