Why football icon Ronaldinho ‘follows’ this Kerala teenager on Instagram

Nineteen-year-old Malappuram artist Vivek P T’s pencil portraits of the Brazilian star elicited a response from the soccer legend himself who preferred and commented on the paintings

Vivek P T follows many celebrities and sports activities stars on Instagram, however the 19-year-old soccer buff from Malappuram in Kerala now has a “special” follower. A month in the past, Vivek, who frequently posts his artworks on social media, put up a pencil portrait of Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho from his taking part in days.

Vivek PT displaying his sketches of football star Ronaldinho  
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Special Arrangement

The younger artist later adopted it up with one other pleasant work that reveals a younger and smiling Ronaldinho on the shoulders of his elder brother and former footballer Roberto Moreira. It was all a typical follow for Vivek, till one evening he obtained notifications on his cellphone simply as he was about to hit the sack. It so turned that the football icon himself had preferred, commented and began following Vivek on Instagram.

Greatest shock

“Initially, I obviously thought it must have been from some fake Instagram account. But I was flabbergasted to discover that the response was indeed from Ronaldinho’s official verified handle. It was the greatest surprise of my life!” says Vivek, a Safety and Fire Engineering scholar. The remark learn “Thank you for the art my friend”.

Screenshot showing Ronaldinho’s comment

Vivek says with a chuckle that a few of his associates initially refused to consider it till they verified its veracity themselves. He is stunned how the paintings reached the sportsman. “After posting the sketches on my Instagram page, I shared them with many friends and relatives as Ronaldinho is one of my two favourite football players along with (Lionel) Messi. Some of my football-loving friends are part of several online sports platforms and groups. I guess the artworks must have been shared so,” says Vivek. He did the Ronaldinho sketches through the lockdown interval. In truth, the Brazilian star himself had visited Kerala in 2016 to a rapturous welcome after being named because the model ambassador of the Sait Nagjee Football Tournament in Kozhikode.

Malappuram is thought for its love for the attractive sport and Vivek, who helps Argentina and Barcelona on the world stage, additionally likes to play soccer although he admits that he has probably not been capable of kick the ball for the reason that pandemic. Vivek, who likes to attract portraits of celebrities, has additionally posted sketches of his football icon Messi. Though he works with watercolour sometimes, Vivek says his forte is pencil artwork.

Check out Vivek’s artworks on his Instagram web page @__v__p__t__

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