Tottenham goalkeeper: Ukrainians give me strength
Italian goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario of Tottenham has admitted that he is inspired by his mother and son from Ukraine, whom his family has taken in in Italy. The 26-year-old goalkeeper took in Anna and her 11-year-old son Milan, refugees from Dnipro, in March 2022.
Guglielmo and Milan became instant friends, and the latter was delighted when Vicario told him he was a professional footballer. Vicario then helped Milan find a place to play football, partly to help him learn the language. At first, the pair had to communicate through Google Translate.
"He is my younger brother. When I go back to Udine to see my family, I spend some time with him. He is a good boy. He goes to school and learns Italian. I hope he feels good, because things are not so good in Ukraine right now with the war. We are trying to give these people a smile and I hope they think less about the situation in their country," Theathletic.com. quoted Vicario as saying.
When asked whether he was concerned about the problems of Anna, Milan and many others in Ukraine, the Spurs goalkeeper replied: "When I go out on the pitch, I think about them. It's like the strength they can give. I am happy for this family."