Gabriel Muniz, 15, plays soccer with schoolmates in Campos dos Goytacazes, 170 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Despite being born with malformation of his feet, Gabriel puts in hours into soccer everyday in his neighborhood.
Muniz hopes to one day be playing at the Paralympics. He will watch attentively the Paralympics in Rio next September.
In September 2012, he was more than happy just to meet his idol Lionel Messi and train with FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. Take a look at this talented courageous kid.
"He started walking before he was one. We would go after him, expecting him to keep falling, but he never fell," his mother Sandra said.
"He is challenging the social norms. When he arrived there [at the Barcelona academy], no one believed in him," Gabriel's gym teacher Jose Lopes said.
"But he proved to everyone there he can go head to head with any other boy. So much so that he was invited to go to Spain next month, in September, to showcase his talent.
"The disability only exists inside our heads and he is proving it to everyone; he is challenging the social norms."