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February 3, 2005

I have seen God - and his name is Jean Carlos Chera


Yesterday USA Today's Kevin Maney wrote about this 9-year-old Brazilian boy (above) who is, truly, otherworldly.

A five-minute highlight video of the child playing is online, and has swept the world in the past week.

Me being way behind the curve as well as the eight-ball, I didn't learn of it until I read Maney's story.

Then I went to find the video, to see for myself.

I have seen for myself.

This is a young Mozart of the body playing on the dusty fields of Brazil.

He's no bigger than the other kids out there, and he looks just like an ordinary nine-year-old boy.

Until he plays.

Then shots come cannonading off either of his magical feet into the upper corners of the goal; miraculous dribbling, juggling, and body and head control make the ball appear to be attached to his body by invisible strings.


I watched the whole video twice.

This 77-pound boy could well be the next Pele.

Already Manchester United and Portugal's FC Porto have contacted his family, even asking them to move to Europe.


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Pity he hasn't gone through puberty yet. Wonder if the gift will stay. His natural instinct concerning projectile motion should land him a job with NASA.

Posted by: ScienceChic | Feb 4, 2005 7:32:36 PM

The crappy .wmv video format robs the segment of the magic I assume is within.

Posted by: John | Feb 4, 2005 1:04:04 PM

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