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funky62010-05-09 04:02:38 +0000 #1
There were just a few minutes to go before the game kicked off, and Ernesto was ready and waiting, kitted out in Barça shirt and shorts, to step out onto the Camp Nou pitch.

Five year old Ernesto is terminally ill, and through the Fundación Pequeño Deseo, had asked us to make his dream come true: to meet the FC Barcelona first team, and most especially, Javier Saviola. On Saturday, he was able to enjoy just that. First, he was greeted at his hotel by the Argentinean striker. Saviola dedicated plenty of time to the youngster and presented him with one of his own shirts.

Ernesto and his family were then driven to the Camp Nou, where they had been given places of honour in the Presidents Box. However, before he was shown to his seat, Ernesto was dressed in a Barça kit and led out onto the pitch by Van Gaal's team.

After that, Ernesto sat through what was hardly the most exciting 45 minutes of football ever played, but there was plenty of fun in store in Joan Gasparts office at half time. He was presented with a ball signed by the team, and showed off his footballing ability with a short kickaround on the presidents carpet! The second half was about to begin... Ernesto, who lives in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, was able to celebrate Riquelmes winner along with everybody else, as Barça went on to take the three points. President Gaspart was at his side for the whole match, and when it was over, took his hand and led him down to the players dressing room where each of the players posed in turn for photographs with young Ernesto.

It was a wonderful gesture that, if only for a few hours, brought some moments of joy into poor Ernestos troubled life. Its something we will never forget.

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BLAUGRANA2010-05-09 04:13:45 +0000 #2
Tears welling up in my eyes. Great story, thanks for posting it.
Bier2010-05-09 04:40:32 +0000 #3
I too am near to crying over here. This is such a great story. Visca El Barça.

Real Madrid once did a similar thing to some kid from south america.
soccer fanatic2010-05-09 05:13:43 +0000 #4
Indeed a great and touching story.

Isn`t it great that such a big team like Barca didn`t forget the true meaning of football?

Simply bring joy in peoples life.
BLAUGRANA2010-05-09 05:15:26 +0000 #5
Here's the little lad now. Well, both of 'em.

Also with President Gaspart and Mom:

BLAUGRANA2010-05-09 06:30:50 +0000 #6
It'd be great if Barca started a program like this for disadvantaged youth. From what I can tell, they are very active away from sport. However, a program such as this exclusively in the club's name would be great. Not just in Catalunia either, but throughout Spain.
funky62010-05-09 06:00:20 +0000 #7
Actually a program like that exists in a more general scale since 1994.I talk about Fundacéü F.C. Barcelona and it's the link between the Club and society and it's very active from what i know with a very wide range of actions.Anyone can check info about it on the Barça's official website.

Btw,Azul..larger-than-life avatar
BLAUGRANA2010-05-09 06:39:56 +0000 #8

Originally posted by funky6


Btw,Azul..larger-than-life avatar

Thanx! You mean the radiohead bear? Or the my signature with Puyol? I like em both, but wish the radiohead bear was the club's colours.



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