HEART MELTER: Boy Who Couldn’t Afford World Cup Sticker Book Draws His Own

This boy has melted the Internet’s hearts with his World Cup ‘sticker’ book that he made himself after he was unable to afford the real thing.

A snap shows his cute, coloured-pencil drawings of footie superstars including Neymar, Messi, Gabriel Jesus and even Pele.

Little Joao Gabriel, 8, made the ‘sticker’ book himself after his dad, stall holder Joao Teixeira, said the family was too poor to afford the real thing.

Photo shows a page of the album for the 2022 World Cup, undated photo. It was created by Joao Gabriel, 8, in Goiania, Brazil. (Newsflash)

Dad Joao told local media: “There was an article about the World Cup album and he said he wanted an album.

“I got home from work and he said he already had one. When I went to see it, he explained to me that he drew it.”

Joao – who sells vegetables at markets in Goiania, Brazil – says his family gets by on just one minimum wage per month.

Joao Gabriel, 8, poses in an undated photo. He created his own album for the 2022 World Cup in Goiania, Brazil. (Newsflash)

To buy the official 2022 World Cup sticker book and all its corresponding stickers, little Joao would have to have spent at least BRL 536 (GBP 91).

This amounts to more than half of the family’s monthly income.

His dad said: “It’s impossible not to get emotional, I’m so happy that I’m speechless to have someone with so much creativity.”

Photo shows a page of the album for the 2022 World Cup, undated photo. It was created by Joao Gabriel, 8, in Goiania, Brazil. (Newsflash)

Joao added: “He made the stickers and put the name of each player. He even made the referees. I couldn’t believe it.”

Netizen ‘Zanata Freitas’ commented: “This album when complete should be worth 100 times more than the complete original. After all, it’s a work of art!”

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