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UAE: A true ‘inspiration’ – Ronaldo plays football with Kazakh boy born without legs

United Arab Emirates, Dubai
December 29, 2019 at 20:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kazakh boy Ali Turganbekov, who was born without legs, met Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in Dubai on Saturday.

Footage shows Ali and Cristiano kicking a football around together. Ronaldo shared the video in his Instagram account, calling the meeting "a truly inspiration," noting that he was very pleased to meet the boy.

Ali was born the second of four children in Kazakhstan. His parents believed the boy would become someone who would inspire people. In spite of his disability, the boy has never shied away from a challenge and now dreams to become a Paralympic champion.

He has previously met some of the world’s best footballers, such as FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Liverpool’s Mohammad Salah and Argentina legend Diego Maradona. Meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo was another wish of his, and yesterday it came true.

Earlier on Thursday UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov also met and played football with the boy during his trip to Kazakhstan.

The UFC fighter praised Ronaldo’s action in meeting the young by and posting the video on social media. He called Ronaldo “the best” and expressed gratitude for "making his brother happy."

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Kazakh boy Ali Turganbekov, who was born without legs, met Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in Dubai on Saturday.

Footage shows Ali and Cristiano kicking a football around together. Ronaldo shared the video in his Instagram account, calling the meeting "a truly inspiration," noting that he was very pleased to meet the boy.

Ali was born the second of four children in Kazakhstan. His parents believed the boy would become someone who would inspire people. In spite of his disability, the boy has never shied away from a challenge and now dreams to become a Paralympic champion.

He has previously met some of the world’s best footballers, such as FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Liverpool’s Mohammad Salah and Argentina legend Diego Maradona. Meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo was another wish of his, and yesterday it came true.

Earlier on Thursday UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov also met and played football with the boy during his trip to Kazakhstan.

The UFC fighter praised Ronaldo’s action in meeting the young by and posting the video on social media. He called Ronaldo “the best” and expressed gratitude for "making his brother happy."

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