Photo: Brazilian-Born Soccer Player Born Without Feet Invited to Barcelona Training Camp
A determined young Brazilian boy is getting the chance of a lifetime.
In September, 11-year-old Gabriel Muniz will head to Spain to be a part of FC Barcelona’s training camp.
While any normal football player would love to be a part of the camp, Muniz is not just any normal player, as Muniz was born without feet.
Even without feet, Muniz still managed to give his parents a run for their money, as he learned to walk before he was one. Still, despite perceived limitations, he did not fall as often as one might expect. Last year, a foot-ankle prosthesis was, but Muniz still prefers to take the field without it.
As for camp, for this wonderkid, heading to Barcelona means he gets to meet his favorite player, Lionel Messi.
This chance to head to Spain came after he appeared on Brazil’s most popular sports show and earned a chance to train at Rio de Janeiro’s camp in Saquarema, hosted by FC Barcelona. Inspired by Muniz, Barcelona’s manager invited the young player, whose friends describe as “skillfull” and “fearless”, to attend the club’s summer training camp.
As for future plans, Muniz says he knows his disability means he’ll never get to play with a professional football, but hopes the sport will one day have a Paralympic 11-a-side football team.
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