Although he admits that he has never been a big fan of professional football, Brandon has made history in the beautiful game. At just 19 years old, he can say that he plays alongside the best wearing the Valencia CF kit. He does it in LaLiga Genuine Santander, the highest football category for people with intellectual disabilities, where he is demonstrating his great qualities as a team scorer.
Brandon Steven Patiño Melo was born in Barcelona, but soon moved with his parents to Dénia. It was here that his interest in football was awakened after following the championship held by the Spanish National Team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Around that time he began his adventure with the ball, first playing in the Carmelitas school, then in the Dénia futsal team, making the leap to football 11 directly in the cadet category, where he stayed for two years. However, he suffered from various physical problems that forced him to abandon the sport for a few years, until he recovered his form and returned to the pitch with Safor CF.
It was then that he received the call that would change his life. With Sibari FC he appeared last summer in Orba to participate in the EDI Costa Blanca Tournament, whose great role did not go unnoticed at all. In fact, he caught the attention of one of the participating teams: Valencia CF.
Valencia CF is in the highest category for people with intellectual disabilities, so it is not surprising that the interest shown by the team was a pleasant surprise for Brandon. "He was very unexpected," Brandon tells us, stating that his only intention was to "progress footballingly," no matter where he played. But it was not expected that he would have the option to participate in "one of the best clubs in Spain."
The young player accepted without hesitation and since then he has already played several LaLiga Genuine Santander games and in different tournaments with the Valencia CF shirt. In addition, he has made a successful debut, managing to beat rival goals up to five times this season. "I consider myself a person capable of showing what I'm worth in order to become better, both in terms of football and personally."
This Sunday he will play a new tournament, in Mislata, wearing the colors of Valencia CF Inclusivo, together with his teammates from the Negre team, to continue adding successes to his career that has only just begun. What will the future hold? At the moment, he dreams of one day being able to play with the Barça Foundation so that he can return to his hometown and meet up with his family again.
Beautiful my nephew thank God for your effort and talent I love you you will be a great champion God bless you
Thank you aunty ❤️❤️