Anthony Borges was honored by his soccer heroes.
The Parkland survivor and his family were flown to Spain to see the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium. At the game on March 13, the FC Barcelona squad gave Borges a signed shirt in recognition of his bravery.
Borges was shot five times while protecting his classmates during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. The shooting left 17 students and faculty members dead. Borges reportedly saved the lives of at least 20 fellow students. He was the last patient to be released from the hospital after the attack.
Borges said it was always his dream to be a professional soccer player. He has even participated in FC Barcelona’s student training academy. When the team heard his story, the team and members of its students training camps were quick to rally around Borges and his family and frequently checked in to see how they could aid in his recovery. The former vice president of the club even came to Florida to visit Borges.
The next step was to bring Borges to a game once he fully recovered.
“As a result of injuries, the youngster’s life was in the balance but after many months of medical care in hospital he recovered and now his health is much improved,” FC Barcelona explained in a statement. “In light of this, FC Barcelona have helped him make the trip to Barcelona to make his dream of seeing Barca play in the flesh come true.”