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UAE: 'It felt like he's my grandfather' – legless Kazakh boy after training with Maradona *EXCLUSIVE*02:25

UAE: 'It felt like he's my grandfather' – legless Kazakh boy after training with Maradona *EXCLUSIVE*

United Arab Emirates, Dubai
April 27, 2018 at 15:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

Ali Turganbekov, Young football fan from Kazakhstan (Russian): "Because I like being active. Football players are almost always moving around."

Ali Turganbekov, Young football fan from Kazakhstan (Russian): "Well, [I would like to meet with] Neymar, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo, and so on."

Kazakh boy Ali Turganbekov, who was born without legs, shared his impressions of a one-on-one training session with legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona in an exclusive interview filmed in Dubai on Friday.

"It felt like he's my grandfather," said the delighted boy, recounting the first meeting with his football idol. "He hugged me, kissed me," added the avid football fan.

Ali was born the second of four children in Kazakhstan. His parents knew that Ali would become someone who would inspire people. In spite of his disability, the boy has never shied away from a challenge.

Maradona saw a video message on Instagram, in which Ali said that it was his dream to meet the Argentine legend. He then invited the boy to a personal training session with him in the United Arab Emirate of Fujairah on Wednesday.

After meeting his football idol, Ali has set a new goal. He is determined to get to the 2018 World Cup and meet other living legends of the game.

Ali has already gone some way to achieving his dream, when Michel Salgado, an ex-stalwart of Real Madrid's Galacticos, joined him for a kickabout last week.

When asked about which other famous football players he would like to meet, with a beaming smile Ali said, "Neymar, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo."

For more on this story: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20180427-010

UAE: 'It felt like he's my grandfather' – legless Kazakh boy after training with Maradona *EXCLUSIVE*02:25
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Ali Turganbekov, Young football fan from Kazakhstan (Russian): "Because I like being active. Football players are almost always moving around."

Ali Turganbekov, Young football fan from Kazakhstan (Russian): "Well, [I would like to meet with] Neymar, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo, and so on."

Kazakh boy Ali Turganbekov, who was born without legs, shared his impressions of a one-on-one training session with legendary Argentine footballer Diego Maradona in an exclusive interview filmed in Dubai on Friday.

"It felt like he's my grandfather," said the delighted boy, recounting the first meeting with his football idol. "He hugged me, kissed me," added the avid football fan.

Ali was born the second of four children in Kazakhstan. His parents knew that Ali would become someone who would inspire people. In spite of his disability, the boy has never shied away from a challenge.

Maradona saw a video message on Instagram, in which Ali said that it was his dream to meet the Argentine legend. He then invited the boy to a personal training session with him in the United Arab Emirate of Fujairah on Wednesday.

After meeting his football idol, Ali has set a new goal. He is determined to get to the 2018 World Cup and meet other living legends of the game.

Ali has already gone some way to achieving his dream, when Michel Salgado, an ex-stalwart of Real Madrid's Galacticos, joined him for a kickabout last week.

When asked about which other famous football players he would like to meet, with a beaming smile Ali said, "Neymar, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo."

For more on this story: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20180427-010

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