In what seems likely an unlikely meeting, Kerry footballer Paul Walsh met Brazilian legend, Ronaldino.
The 2018 Minor Footballer of the Year was pictured holding a Kerry GAA jersey alongside the 2002 World Cup winner, which was reportedly taken at the Brazilian’s home in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Irish Examiner.
— Daniel O’Connell (@OConnellKy) August 19, 2021
Ronaldinho is famed in his native Brazil and around the world for his illustrious career, which included two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or in 2005. Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona FC and AC Milan are among the clubs he represented.
In a video shared on TikTok, Walsh and Ronaldinho also showed off some of their skills in a game of keepie-uppies.
It has not yet been confirmed how the meeting came about.
Look at our own Paul Walsh @BROSNAGAA over visiting the one and only Ronaldinho! Paul you might mention to him that he could win a house in Kerry if he buys a ticket here https://t.co/c5ky6E2sQR and then you could show him around the beautiful Kingdom #Ronaldinho #ReturnVisit pic.twitter.com/JhBnqjYVI5
— Kerry GAA (@Kerry_Official) August 19, 2021
Kerry GAA were quick to capitalise on Walsh’s new famous friend, tweeting: “Paul you might mention to him that he could win a house in Kerry if he buys a ticket here,” linking to an ongoing fundraiser.
“And then you could show him around the beautiful Kingdom,” the tweet added.