Malaysia may have yet to make it to the FIFA World Cup, but that's not stopping 14-year-old Adam Rizman Roslan from making his mark in the prestigious football tournament
The Form Two student from SMK Meru, Klang graced TV screens worldwide when he was chosen to carry the match ball out for the Round of 16 showdown between Spain and Russia on Sunday, 1 July
Not only did the teen get to rub shoulders with world class players like Gerard Pique, Isco, David de Gea, and Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, he also got to shake hands with Spanish squad captain Sergio Ramos.
"He shook hands with Ramos. It is a dream come true for Adam as he is a huge fan of Real Madrid," Adam's father Roslan told New Straits Times.
"Ramos put his hand out to my son. He could not believe it. I was watching the match ‘live’ on television and it was a proud moment for me," Roslan, a canteen operator, added.
According to his father, Adam earned the experience of a lifetime after beating 400 others in a skills competition organised by FIFA sponsor KIA Motors Malaysia
The KIA Official Match Ball Carrier (OMBC) World Cup Competition, open only for 10- to 14-year-olds, was held on 22 April 2018 at the KL Football Academy.
In addition to being chosen as one of only 64 children to become Official Match Ball Carriers in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Adam also won RM800 in prize money.
Adam is also a player in the Selangor football academy, so we might just see him representing Malaysia in the World Cup one day!
We're proud of you, young man! Well done. :D
In other World Cup news, Japan may have been knocked out of the tournament, but they have definitely won the people's hearts with their classy gestures: