NEW YORK – Can you think of playing football without feet? Look impossible but this boy has a incredible ability, which will stun everyone.
As he skillfully controls the ball in front of an expectant crowd, Gabriel Muniz looks like any other footballer his age.
But unlike his teammates, the 13-year-old from Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, was born without any feet.
Now Gabriel – who started playing football when he was eight – has been chosen to showcase his skills at an event in Hong Kong, to promote next month’s World Cup in Brazil.
The teenager showed off his solo skills at a shopping centre and will also play in a three-a-side match later this week, as part of the run-up to the global tournament.
Gabriel was born with a limb deficiency called apodia, which meant his feet did not develop.
But the young boy was so determined to walk that he took his first steps when he was around ten months old.
Gabriel’s skills were deemed to be so impressive that he also caught the eye of FC Barcelona in 2012 – and was invited along to a training camp to play against abled-bodied footballers.