Boy Who Plays Soccer Despite Cerebral Palsy Got To Meet His Manchester United Idols

Photo: Manchester United

An 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom who has cerebral palsy had the best day of his life when he got the chance to meet the athletes who most inspire him.

However, he can considered the inspirational one. Despite living with a condition that makes playing soccer extremely difficult, Samuel still plays goalie for his school team.

“Having cerebral palsy is very hard, and playing football is a bit difficult but I don’t really take that as a big issue, I just get on with it….So that’s what I say to myself: ‘Never, never, never give up.’ I’m in a wheelchair and I never give up. Just try. Try your hardest.”

With an attitude like that, he was invited to Manchester United’s training facility, where he met David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He even received a pair of gloves for when he’s inside the net.

Have a look at his day:

H/T: Manchester United

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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