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Gabriel Muniz - AMAZING Footless Soccer Player to Train with Barcelona Football Club FC

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Published on Aug 28, 2012

HE hopes to one day be playing at the Paralympics but for now 11-year-old Gabriel Muniz is more than happy just to meet his idol Lionel Messi and train with Spanish club Barcelona.

The soccer-mad Brazilian, who was born without feet, will head to Spain for the famous club's summer training camp in September.

The 11-year-old's precocious talent on the field was spotted by Barcelona talent scouts who were in Rio on the hunt for football's next generation of stars.

And while he has no feet, he still has the moves to turn enough heads and be issued an invitation to head to Spain.

British newspapers this morning carried the extraordinary story of the skilful youngster who is not only the best player in his school team but also the captain of his gym team.

"He started walking before he was one. We would go after him, expecting him to keep falling, but he never fell," his mother Sandra is quotes as saying.

"He is challenging the social norms. When he arrived there [at the Barcelona academy], no one believed in him," Gabriel's gym teacher Jose Lopes is quoted as saying.

"But he proved to everyone there he can go head to head with any other boy. So much so that he was invited to go to Spain next month, in September, to showcase his talent.

"The disability only exists inside our heads and he is proving it to everyone; he is challenging the social norms."

Muniz hopes when he is older that football will be a sport on the Paralympic program

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