Silvia Grecco and her son Nickollas (12) are just another football fans who had come to watch and support their favorite club in Brazil i.e Palmeiras, but the mother-son duo never imagined that they will become a celebrity by the end of the match.
Nickollas, who is blind, was in the stands to watch his club’s game. Yes, you heard it right he couldn’t watch players running up and down the pitch or scoring goals, and now you must be wondering as to how he enjoyed the match. Well, it was his mother who helped him enjoy it by narrating the live match for her son.
Grecco drew nationwide attention after she was spotted on TV narrating her local team’s (Palmerias) match against Botafogo to her blind and autistic son. Footage emerged online in which Grecco could be seen narrating players’ every move on the pitch to her son. Post which, the duo were even featured on various Brazilian TV programs, and even visited a Palmeiras training session.
“I describe details – this player is wearing short sleeves, the color of their football boots, hair color,” said the 56-year-old while talking to AFP.
“My narrating is something of my emotions. I’m not a professional,” said Grecco. “Everything I see and feel, I tell him, even when I need to curse the referee,” said Grecco after a recent game between Palmeiras and Botafogo de Ribeirao Preto, which ended with Palmeiras winning by a solitary goal.
Sempre muita emoção. 💚🐷💙 pic.twitter.com/Nzl0qAcpLK
— silvia grecco (@pringrecco) September 10, 2018
In a football-mad family, the mother and son duo are only the die-hard supporters of the team in green (Palmeiras), while Nickollas’ father and sister support other teams.
During the interview, the mother revealed that Neymar was the reason behind her son supporting her favourite team. Both the fans met the Paris Saint-Germain star at an event in Sao Paulo.
“Neymar lifted him on his shoulders and he passed his hand through Neymar’s hair, it was a big moment! So I asked Neymar what team he used to support as a child, and he said he was a Palmeiras fan! So I said, ‘Do you see, Nickollas? Your mother, your player … I think your team should be Palmeiras’.”