Real Madrid defender and UNICEF ambassador Sergio Ramos visits Cuba

Posted: 18-Jun-15 09:57

Last Tuesday, Sergio Ramos was touching down in Havana's International Airport for a short visit to the island as a goodwill UNICEF ambassador and in his wake hundreds of passionate Cuban football fans (and Real Madrid fans) took to the streets to catch a glimpse of the world champion defender. His short stay included encounters with children and teenagers, with whom he played a football match on the streets whilst also attending a play by Cuba's loved children's theatre company "La Colmenita".

Real Madrid defender and UNICEF ambassador Sergio Ramos visits Cuba

Just two days ago Cuba was welcoming a much-loved and admired Spanish football star who arrived in the capital city to the joy of hundreds of locals, especially youngsters, who queued up on streets and filled up balconies to snatch a glimpse of the defender.

He arrived in Havana with a UNICEF delegation from Spain to visit projects for vulnerable children and was there as UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Prior to his arrival he was announcing the trip on social networks by saying:

"Today starts my trip with UNICEF. Wishing to arrive to Cuba and get to know the country from a closer perspective".

His very short 24-hour trip was packed with a full itinerary of activities in which Ramos played a football match with local teenagers in Old Havana and then enjoyed a performance by theatre company "La Colmenita", an all-children production loved all around Cuba. He even got to celebrate with the child actors and cut a birthday cake in honour of one of the company's youngest actor, who was turning six that day.

At the same time the President of Cuba's Real Madrid Fans surprised him with a replica of the Champions League Trophy. Once in the island Ramos declared to reporters:

"As a UNICEF ambassador it's always good to help the kids, to get to know the projects a little bit more up-close and whenever there is the time, to try and collaborate in that way."

As part of his trip he also visited the Vo Thi Tang primary school in the Playa municipality, where children greeted him with singing and dancing while many followers waited for him outside wearing Real Madrid T-Shirts and scarves.. Shortly after he took to Twitter where he posted four photos of himself surrounded by primary school children with the following caption:

"The development of children in their early years is key. That’s why UNICEF works with Cuba in supporting nurseries. Children are the future, their smile are priceless."

He also witnessed the vaccination of children during his time there and added:

"In 2014 over 70,000 children were vaccinated in Cuba thanks to UNICEF. Getting to know the work first-hand."

Even though he made the most of his short visit by meeting as many youth projects as he could, he declared his thirst for Cuba had nothing but increased and was looking forward to return to the island soon.

He said of the duration of his stay that it was:

Shorter than what I would have liked”.


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