Blind boy visits Barcelona, recognizes players by touch | inside World Soccer

A young blind boy was recently given full access by Barcelona to meet several of his heroes at a training session and he recognized almost all of them with his hands.

Mamadou Lamine with Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta during his visit to the Ciutat Esportiva
Mamadou Lamine with Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta during his visit to the Ciutat Esportiva

Photo: The Barcelona Foundation

Mamadou Lamine is nine years old and was born with the rare Peters anomaly which means he was born blind, a disability which hasn't stopped him listening to Barça games on the radio and following his heroes.

And The Barcelona Foundation organised for Mamadou to fulfil one of his dreams - to meet the first team players at a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

The players were all incredibly warm to him and the boy ended up playing a game of feeling their bodies and guessing which player it was.

Incredibly, he can recognized almost all of the players by touch.

Only José Manuel Pinto's braids confused the young boy from Lerida, but given the goalkeeper's infrequent appearances, it is quite forgivable.

Although the young boy was nervous at first, he soon lightened up and asked Lionel Messi "why do you always take the penalties?"

Éric Abidal, Thiago Alcântara and Xavi also spoke to Mamadou, who is of Senegalese origin and took home a shirt signed by the players, as well as a number of Barça merchandising articles, and a lot of great memories.


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