Manikandan- his nibbling legs to head for a month-long training at Santiago Bernabeu -in Real Madrid, a dream come true to a 9th standard boy. Seven years past to reach this stage of people spotting him as a future football player of India.
But what was seven years ago is a real story- an orphan, wandering aimless with his young sister on the streets of Ochira, a temple town in Kollam district, officials of the Child protection of Kerala government spotted them, brought them to children's home in Kollam. As the days passed, officials saw the nibbling legs dribble a ball, which attracted many, persuaded him to play football.
A stint at football plus professional soccer Academy at Chennai gave vent to a full display of his talent in the Junior-I-league. coaches from other countries landed his talent, which finally leads to Real Madrid. A naturally gifted stopper back, like any other Indian boy, dreams to play for the country.