Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This is the touching moment a young British Atletico Madrid fan with a spinal defect is received as a guest of honour at the club and has a touching moment with former Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier.
The young Atletico supporter, reported simply as Harry, 8, from Liverpool visited the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid for Atletico’s La Liga match in a 1-0 loss to Barcelona on Sunday 1st December.
The eight-year-old suffers from spinal bifida which is when a babies spinal cord and spine do not develop properly.
Local media report the young Liverpool-native was invited by Atletico to their home stadium after his father shared a video on social media in August.
In the video, Harry is seen wearing an Atletico shirt as he uses crutches to take some steps with great effort and determination. He reportedly regularly wears the club’s jersey during his treatment.
The video is captioned: “Massive achievement for Harry taking steps. Still wobbly but he’s having a go and giving 100 percent effort.”
After its publication, the Spanish club extended an invitation to the fan asking him to be a guest of honour to their match against Barcelona.
The video shows the moment Harry arrives at the Wanda and takes a tour with his father and other club employees. He receives a shirt with his name and Trippier’s number 23 on the back.
Harry is then seen heading to the pitch as the match is moments from starting and later at the stands to watching the duel and reacting to Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s goal in the 86th minute which secured Barcelona’s 1-0 victory.
After the match, the supporter is seen greeted by several Atletico Madrid superstars including former Tottenham defender and fellow-Brit Trippier, 29, as the two can be seen exchanging a touching moment and taking a photo together.
Trippier says “I’m glad you had a good time, have a safe journey home and I’ll see you soon.”
The video ends with young Harry yelling “Aupa Atleti!”, one of the club’s chants.
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