Fan’s internet hit in the Brazilian slums

Adam Brown, Scott Newton and Ben Shaw in Rio Brazil
Adam Brown, Scott Newton and Ben Shaw in Rio Brazil
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An England fan from Kirkham is among a trio who have been propelled to stardom after an act of kindness in the Brazilian slums.

Ben Shaw, Adam Brown and Scott Newton took time away from the football stadiums of the 2014 World Cup to visit the favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

The trio gave one of the small children they met in the poverty-stricken area a football shirt and their picture with the young football fan has gone viral over several social media platforms on the internet.

The photo has more than 18,000 likes on Facebook and has been retweeted more than 5,000 times on Twitter.

And 21-year-old Ben, from Kirkham, was humbled to experience the “real” Brazil.

He said: “We’d visited the Christ the Redeemer statue and done a lot of touristy stuff and we just wanted to see the real Brazil. So we asked the hostel if we could have a tour around the favelas.

“We visited them, it is really hard to explain, there was lots of tin shacks but it isn’t all drugs and crime.

“The people we met were some of the nicest people you will ever come across.

“We played football with a lot of the youngsters and all the little lad in the picture wanted was an England shirt.

“So we gave him a PNE shirt and his face lit up, it was like he had won the World Cup, he was so happy.

“Hopefully he will be the next big Brazilian footballer, the next Neymar and he will remember North End and want to sign for us.”