Meet Sandro Reyes, a nine-year-old Grade 4 student from PAREF Southridge School, who just might become the country’s next big football superstar.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported last Tuesday that Reyes has been accepted to the prestigious FCB Escola, the official football academy of FC Barcelona in Spain.
The son of former Marinduque representative Edmund Reyes beat out more than over 400 hopefuls for the opportunity to be part of the school, which has produced many football superstars such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Reyes is the only Filipino in the academy.
The younger Reyes has been playing football since he was four years old. He led the Southridge football team to the Alaska Cup Championship in 2009, capturing Most Valuable Player honors after netting 23 goals and six assists in just seven games.
Reyes also joined the Younghusband Football Academy in 2010 and the Loyola Meralco Sparks youth elite team last February.
In the video posted by his father, Reyes showcased one of his training sessions before the final tryouts for FCB Escola.