The player David Luiz, from Flamengo, dressed up as Santa Claus for a day and took gifts to children from the soccer school in Mangueira, north of Rio, last Tuesday (20). The athlete’s trip to the venue was aired on Globo Esporte Rio this Saturday (24) and shared by the athlete on Instagram.
The video begins showing behind the scenes of the player’s preparation putting on a white beard and appearing dressed as Santa Claus showing a false belly. Afterwards, the images show him being received with hugs by the children who had no idea he was the Flamengo defender.
The children played ball with Santa Claus and one of them asked him to follow her on Instagram without imagining that he was the player. When they realized it was David Luiz, some students from the soccer school began to cry with emotion. He delivered gifts to everyone and won a T-shirt from the Estação Primeira de Mangueira samba school.
“This here is life, it’s what we need everywhere, in every corner of our country. Not only at Christmas, not only at parties, but that every day we can be each other’s Santa Claus more and more helping, lending a hand and growing together”, said the player, after learning that the soccer field was once a dump.
In the caption of the video shared on Instagram, the player thanked everyone from the Mangueira Community. “May your Christmas be as special and happy as this day was for me. Thank you to everyone in the Mangueira Community for your love. Merry Christmas and a blessed night to all of you!”, wrote the player.
Several netizens commented on the publication praising the player’s action, including celebrities. ” You are monster brother “, wrote the futsal player Bruno Taffy. “You’re awesome”, commented former BBB Arthur Picoli.
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