Ronaldo Blaauw was born for soccer

2015-06-24 06:00
Ronaldo Blaauw

Ronaldo Blaauw (ZELDRé SWANEPOEL)

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BEING a soccer fanatic herself, Juliet Blaauw named her baby Ronaldo, after the great football star. Little did she know that the little boy would grow up to have outstanding soccer skills - like his namesake.

Ronaldo Blaauw (16) who attends Chatty High School, has been invited to participate in the International Dana Cup in Denmark from July 20 to 26. Talent scouts from famous football clubs have been known to attend this tournament to look for fresh talent, and young Ronaldo is hoping to be spotted there.

A central midfielder, Ronaldo is currently playing club soccer for Fairview Rovers in the u/17 team, and is also a member of his school’s u/17 team. He had previously also played for the Ebenezer Soccer Club.

His mother, Juliet, said she noticed his soccer talent at the age of 7, and he joined Fairview Rovers at the age of 9. Being a single mother, she is desperately trying to raise the R16 000 needed for his trip to Denmark. “It’s difficult but I am trying my best to make this dream come true for him. He lives for soccer and I am so proud of him.”

Ronaldo’s coach at Chatty High, Kenneth Windvogel, agrees that soccer is in the teenager’s blood. “He is a quiet boy, but on the field his feet do the talking. He is immensely talented, and I believe he has the ability to establish a successful career,” Windvogel said.

Windvogel is appealing for a corporate or private sponsor to assist with Ronaldo’s expenses for the trip.

“It is very important for us to help our children from the Northern Areas to go out there and not let the opportunities pass them by. We have to show them that they can rise above their circumstances.”

* A fundraising event in the form of a Golden Oldie will be held for Ronaldo at La Dee Das on July 4. Tickets cost R30. For more info call Juliet on 073 470 6962

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