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The Welsh Maradona: Incredible Soccer Skills From A 50-Year-Old Fisherman
April 1, 2013
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He may not look like your typical athlete, but Andrew Cassidy, a 50-year-old former fisherman who lives in England, has earned a lot of respect for his skills with a soccer ball.

A video of Cassidy practising "keepy-uppy" in a rainy parking lot went viral recently, earning him the nickname the "Welsh Maradona" - after Argentina's legendary soccer hero Diego Maradona, who's famous for his tricks.

The video of Cassidy was shot on a cellphone camera by someone who saw him from their car. Here's the original clip:

Apparently, his impressive soccer abilities are the result of a lot of practice.

Back in 2002, Cassidy lost his job as a fisherman. Since then, he's spent two hours every day working on his ball-handling skills in the parking lot.

"I'm quite agile for a big guy and I've got good hand-eye coordination, balance and timing," he told the Daily Mail. "I'm pretty good even though I've got a lot of blubber on me. It's just a matter of practice and I've got plenty of time on my hands for that."

Now, Cassidy has been invited to the World Freestyle Football Championships in Dubai, where he'll be part of their opening ceremonies.

They're flying him first class, he'll stay in a nice hotel, and get paid $300 a day while he's there.

Apparently, Cassidy was a local fixture before the internet fame.

Lee Day, news editor for local paper the Western Telegraph, says "he's been doing it down by the docks for years - I used to see him years ago, but judging from the footage, he's got a lot better since then."

Via Yahoo!


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