Street Child World Cup are delighted to announce the signing of Brazilian world cup winning legend and Arsenal invincible Gilberto Silva.
Gilberto was famously part of the Brazilian national side which won the 2002 FIFA World Cup during which he played in all seven of Brazil’s matches. He then signed for Arsenal and went on to be part of the “invincibles” side which won the 2003-4 Premier League alongside two F.A. Cup trophies.
On signing for Street Child World Cup, the football legend had this to say: “I’m honoured to be an Ambassador for the Street Child World Cup. It has been a privilege for me to meet the inspirational former street children involved. They are incredible leaders and I’m delighted to support them. This is more than a game, no child should have to live or work on the streets.”
Gilberto attended the Street Child World Cup as part of a BT Sport documentary called “Gilberto Silva’s Road to Rio”. The world cup star was visibly moved by meeting former street children from India, Tanzania and Brazil and spoke to the children about his upbringing in Brazil and the incredible career that followed.
Street Child World Cup CEO John Wroe said: “When Gilberto attended the SCWC in Rio we could see that he would become part of the family. He listened intently to the children as they shared with him the powerful stories of how they had left the streets behind. We aim to give street children a global platform to be heard and the support of a world cup winner and invincible like Gilberto is an inspiration to the children we work with.”
Gilberto now aged 37 currently plays his football at Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro whom he first joined 11 years previously and with whom he won the South American equivalent of the Champions League called the Libertadores Cup.
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”