Over these past weeks, sports fans, especially soccer fans, have been following the FIFA World cup, held in Qatar. One African team had exceeded expectations and became the first African team to make it to the semi-finals: much to everyone’s surprise the Moroccan team has defeated excellent teams, such as Belgium, Spain, Argentina, and Portugal.
Following their outstanding achievement, the Moroccan team members were photographed and filmed celebrating their victory with their parents in the stadium at the end of each match. These heartwarming photos and videos have quickly gone viral across all social media websites, gaining worldwide attention.
Sofiane Boufal’s video, which showed him dancing with his mother on the court among cheering Moroccan fans has definitely outshined all the other clips and came to be the most world-cup-related clip shared by fans on social media.
These touching photos and videos of the players sharing festivities with their mothers have proved to the world how parents are real-life heroes, not with masks, capes, or even Jerseys with their names on them, but with their unconditional love and support for their kids and the huge sacrifices, they make to ensure the happiness and success of their offspring.
The players’ parents sat among the audience and cheered their young champions non-stop, charged with love and faith in their son’s abilities. Seeing their Mothers in the stands, the Moroccan players’ performance noticeably improved, showing the impact the parents had on the athlete’s spirit while playing.
For the misfortune of developing countries, sports are usually low on their list of priorities; their attention is always focused on the pivotal problems they face, such as unemployment, poverty, and shortage in their food and water supply. Therefore, there’s not much investment in sports in general as it’s not perceived as a major concern to the government of these countries. Consequently, poor families with low incomes can’t afford to provide their kids with the appropriate financial support they need to pursue their athletic careers, which is exactly why these families deserve extra recognition.
The incredibly moving scenes, which were praised by all the game’s commentators worldwide, have restored our belief in family bonds, and how parents are the first role models in their child’s life, as they give up their dreams to invest in their kids’ future. Their leadership and sacrifice are the pillars that hold our society.