I Could Watch This Video Of 'Paralympic Pele' (The Blind Brazilian Soccer Stud) For Hours And Never Fully Understand It
SportBible- Introducing Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves, aka "Jefinho." The Brazilian Paralympic star is on the verge of becoming a three-time gold medalist while being heralded as the "Paralympic Pele."
By the young age of seven-years-old he was completely blind, a few years before he took up the beautiful game since taken it by storm.
Despite never seen the iconic Pele in action, he feels honoured being dubbed with the impressive tag. "It's an honor for me to be compared to an athlete like Pelé."
I've always thought that the most impressive athletic feats are those that are so physically overwhelming that they go the comprehension of the average sports fan. I guess by that logic Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves AKA 'Jefinho' AKA 'The Paralympic Pele' is the most awe inspiring athlete of all time, because I will NEVER understand how a blind person just maneuvered around a soccer field like that.
Don't get me wrong, I get the logistics behind it. I know that those without all their senses rely more heavily on the senses they do have. It's just that watching someone hear their way through a bevy of defenders without the slightest of hesitations and putting the ball in a perfect spot of the net that he can't even see doesn't make sense to a person that is a useless pile of shit without their sight. As someone that has a hard enough time not stubbing his toe when trying to make his way through a dark room that he's been in thousands of times, I can't begin to fathom blindly accelerating without the fear that I could be half a second away from a head-on collision. Pretty sure if you slapped a blindfold on me it would take me the entirety of the first half to make it from one end of the pitch to the other, and that's under the assumption that I was the only person on the field and wasn't required to maintain ball control. Meanwhile, 'The Paralympic Pele' is just dominating people like he doesn't suffer from the exact same handicap they do. I'm not sure if this is an incredibly offensive insult or the highest compliment that a blind athlete can receive but that son of a bitch plays like he can actually see. If only for that reason, he's deserves the nickname he goes by.
UPDATE: Not a one snipe wonder...