Joao Cancelo won the English Premier League with his Manchester City. The Portuguese player was the protagonist of a moving gesture, after the match won against Aston Villa and the following party on the field of the Citiziens.
City fans, after officially winning the championship, invaded the field of the Ethiad Stadium to celebrate: Cancelo realized that a child, without his intervention, could have ended up on the ground and risked being trampled by the Citizens fans.
He intervened to protect the child, hugging him and escorting him to safety. Lauren Hoyle, mother of Ollie, 10-year-old, who suffers from autism and dyspraxia, told to MEN Sport: "Ollie is unaware of the dangers he can run, he was excited and took off for the pitch.
He often goes to the stadium with his father, I watched the game on TV and saw Lee running into the field but not Ollie. I was in a panic and immediately tried to call his father. Cancelo grabbed him and pulled him back, hugging him with both arms like a bear .
She gave him a kiss on the top of the head and tried to push people back. My son was terrified. If it wasn't for Cancelo, who gave Dad time to find Ollie, it might have been another story. I don't think there are words to thank him: he was my son's second favorite player before it all happened, now he will definitely be in first place."
Cancelo is an attacking right-back who can also play as a winger in midfield or, if necessary, as a right wing. Gifted with good speed, elegance, game vision, tactical sense and individual technique, he is skilled in crosses and in one-on-one; due to his remarkable dribbling skills he has been described as a number 10 loaned to the wing.
He is also a good set piece performer. On 7 August 2019, after just one season, Cancelo left Juventus following the transfer to Manchester City for 28 million euros, plus Danilo's card (valued at 37 million), for a nominal total of 65 million euros.
On 18 December, he scored his first goal with Citizens in the English League Cup in the 3-1 away match against Oxford Utd.