AN 11-year-old boy who was born without feet has incredibly earned a place to train with Barcelona FC.
Gabriel Muniz, from Brazil, was initially offered a place at the team’s training academy in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, after appearing on a national sports programme.
But his story and skills so impressed the club’s managers he has now been invited to the team’s Spanish camp in September.
This skilful youngster, who is one of the best soccer players in his school despite not having feet, will now get to meet his hero Lionel Messi.
According to his mother Sandra Muniz, Gabriel has always lived a normal life despite his physical limitations.
“He started walking before he was one. We would go after him, expecting him to keep falling, but he never did,” she said.
Last year he was donated foot-ankle prosthesis, but he discards them to play football, often against boys twice his size.