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One-legged Chinese footballer shows off his clutch plays on crutches05:03

One-legged Chinese footballer shows off his clutch plays on crutches

China, Shenzen
July 10, 2020 at 09:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

24-year-old footballer He Yiyi has become a viral sensation on Chinese social media after a video of him holding his own against able-bodied competitors spread on the internet.

The footballer lost his leg to cancer as a child, and uses crutches to support himself when playing, having earned several nicknames such as "Magic Boy," "Angel with Broken Wings," or the "Ball King with One Leg,” reports say.

"To play football, I tell myself to work hard. I must make sure my body is strong to be able to accomplish the thing what I want. Such as shots, moves. I know I can't play football forever, it has entered the depths of my heart," he said.

Yiyi became a field athlete of the Guangdong Disabled Persons' Federation after three-years of rehabilitation training, reportedly breaking 46 pairs of crutches along the way.

"It was not a simple thing to start playing football. A healthy person can play football normally. But I was holding two crutches. Some people said that I had three feet, and some people also said that I had two feet, but it couldn’t stop my passion to football. Although I’m practising track and field, my dream is also to be able to keep playing football on the football field until I can't continue to play," he acknowledged.

One-legged Chinese footballer shows off his clutch plays on crutches05:03
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24-year-old footballer He Yiyi has become a viral sensation on Chinese social media after a video of him holding his own against able-bodied competitors spread on the internet.

The footballer lost his leg to cancer as a child, and uses crutches to support himself when playing, having earned several nicknames such as "Magic Boy," "Angel with Broken Wings," or the "Ball King with One Leg,” reports say.

"To play football, I tell myself to work hard. I must make sure my body is strong to be able to accomplish the thing what I want. Such as shots, moves. I know I can't play football forever, it has entered the depths of my heart," he said.

Yiyi became a field athlete of the Guangdong Disabled Persons' Federation after three-years of rehabilitation training, reportedly breaking 46 pairs of crutches along the way.

"It was not a simple thing to start playing football. A healthy person can play football normally. But I was holding two crutches. Some people said that I had three feet, and some people also said that I had two feet, but it couldn’t stop my passion to football. Although I’m practising track and field, my dream is also to be able to keep playing football on the football field until I can't continue to play," he acknowledged.

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