Popular footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, won the heart of millions of his fans with his humanitarian gesture for his little fan.
Ronaldo fulfilled the wish of his disabled Muslim fan and played football with him during his stay in Dubai.
The footballer shared the video of playing football with Ali Amir on his Instagram account. The ecstatic boy hit the ball with his head towards Ronaldo, as seen in the video
Ronaldo captioned the video: “It was a pleasure to meet you @ali_amir_happy. A truly inspiration.”
The short video garnered a massive reaction on Instagram. Almost 15 million people viewed the video on social media.
Ali Turganbekov Amir, 12, who has no legs, had expressed his desire to meet the Portuguese star and his wish was fulfilled after the pair played football for a few minutes. Ronaldo then gave Ali Amir a big hug before posing for pictures.
Ali, hailing from Kazakhstan, has a huge social media following of 10,000 followers on Instagram. His fans hail his stoic approach towards life despite disability at a young age.
The meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Ali was arranged by a young boy’s friend Russian Mixed Martial Arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“That’s why you the best in the world,” said Nurmagomedov on Twitter. “Thank you so much @cristiano You make my brother happy #Dubai.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is in Dubai to headline the Dubai International Sports Conference as a guest speaker. He was named men’s player of the year at the Dubai Global Soccer Awards on Sunday.
Ronaldo, the ultra-rich footballer, is known for his humbleness towards his fans. He has made it to the headline several times for his heartfelt gestures towards his fans.
Meanwhile, Ali has met many leading sports heroes in the past. In March, Ali met football legend Andriy Shevchenko and Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko. Both the players had invited Ali to join them during the practice session of the Ukrainian National Team.
Ali is himself a footballer and describes himself as a ‘unique optimist’. He has developed exceptional handling and heading skills through practice.