Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Young Refugee Who Was Tripped By Camerawoman
Ronaldo walked into the iconic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Saturday with Zied (also reported as Zaid) Al-Mohsen, a Syrian refugee who was invited to Madrid for Real's La Liga match against Granada along with his father, Osama Alabed Al-Mohsen.
Zied even tried to mimic Ronaldo as he kicked up his legs to emulate the Madrid star's warmup.
A REALLY excited little Zied tries to emulate his new friend @cristiano when he scores. Too cute! #halamadrid pic.twitter.com/Rb0gJcXbkI — Semra Hunter (@SemraHunter) September 20, 2015
That heartwarming scene stands in direct contrast to a moment from two weeks ago, when Zied and his father were the subjects of this heartbreaking video.
Worst journalist of the year award goes to camerawoman who tried to trip a refugee so they'd be caught by the police. pic.twitter.com/2vRTYMLfmm — DavidKenner (@DavidKenner) September 8, 2015
The camerawoman, who worked for a Hungarian station, was fired after she was captured tripping Zied, his father and others.
@DavidKenner@lisang Sacked now, apparently. Say one thing for neo-fascists, no lengthy disciplinary process pic.twitter.com/ZmSTif1D4t — Dave Clark (@DaveClark_AFP) September 8, 2015
But Real Madrid weren't the only ones to show hospitality to the Al-Mohsens. The family was invited to CENAFE, Spain's national soccer coach training center, where they will receive housing accommodations courtesy of the center's president, Miguel Galán.
Osama Abdul Mohsen,entrenador d fútbol en Syria al cual zancadilleo la periodista UN EJEMPLO D LUCHA #refugeeswelcome pic.twitter.com/NTYlm7N8LI — Miguel Galan (@MiguelGalan1978) September 14, 2015
The arrival of Osama, who was a coach in Syria, and his two sons, Zied and Mohmmad, even received attention from Spanish TV stations.
Ya están en Barcelona Osama y Zaid con nuestro alumno @mohamedlabrouz1 en breve llegan a Madrid a atocha. pic.twitter.com/uuBFEA0l8x — ESCUELAS CENAFE (@EscuelasCenafe) September 16, 2015
The gesture from the Spanish club continues the trend of the European soccer community showing strong support for refugees, as migration continues to be a big talking point for the Western world.
Whether it's Ronaldo and Zied or Bayern Munich donating €1 million to the cause, Europe's biggest clubs seem to have joined together under one banner: #RefugeesWelcome.
Citations: Refugee crisis: Cristiano Ronaldo walks out with Syrian boy tripped over by Hungarian camera operator before Real Madrid match (The Independent), Syrian Refugee Tripped in Hungary Is Welcomed in Spain (New York Times), Refugee crisis: Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants (CNN)