Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, is a fan favourite at the FIFA World Cup, drawing hundreds of people to his team’s first practice session at the Olimpiyets here.
Dozens of kids turned up for Costa Rica’s maiden practice session at the complex on Wednesday, saying the only two words they knew in Spanish, “Keylor Navas”, reports EFE news agency.
Fans applauded when the 31-year-old Navas and his teammates took the field for warm-ups, calmed down and then got excited again when their football hero went into action, making some impressive stops.
Russian Kids at the practice session of Costa Rica
“He’s my favorite player, I also want to be a goalkeeper,” a nine-year-old boy who stood out in his fervor for Navas told EFE.
Navas giving autographs
Fans chanted the Real Madrid and Costa Rican national team star’s name and waved homemade signs in Spanish that said “¡Bienvenido a Rusia!” (Welcome to Russia!) and ¡Querido Keylor Navas! ¡Por favor dame un autógrafo!” (We Love You, Keylor Navas. Please give me an autograph!).
Navas signed autographs and one fan got the jersey the Real Madrid goalkeeper used during practice.
Earlier, Messi received the same kind of attention during his practice in Moscow, Russia. Argentine star Messi would be shouldering the responsibility of the Latin American team during the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.