How many struggles can a human being overcome from in life? The answer as per Nickollas Grecco, is ‘all of them’. He is a 14-year-old boy who carries an emotional life story. And he took that story from Sao Paulo to Doha. Where? To the FIFA World Club Cup. Since his very first day of life he gave battle to lots of things.
Nickollas was born in Sao Paulo, after just five months in his mother Silvia’s body. Of course, that led to the first great hurdle. He had a grade 5 retinopathy of prematurity, which caused him a complete loss of sight. He also had autism, as Silvia explained to Argentinian newspaper Clarín. He was completely unknown until 2018.
Palmeiras was playing against Corinthians for the Brasileirao, Brazil’s top domestic tournament. The TV broadcast was panning along the stands, until they caught Nickollas. He was not watching, but feeling the match. Next to him, Silvia was commentating the match for him. As she explained to the publication, Nick sings, yells and embraces her like the rest of the fans.
Now his incredible resilience has flown from Sao Paulo to Doha. FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino invited Nick and Silvia to attend to the FIFA World Club Cup, in which Palmeiras make their debut against Liga MX’s giants Tigres. Meanwhile, they travelled the world looking for new treatments to improve Nick’s life.