When a fan describes his or her team as “my reason for living”, you might suspect a touch of hyperbole. But Marivaldo Francisco da Silva, besides making this declaration of devotion, has backed up his claim with a lifetime of actions.
The Brazilian never misses a home game and, while that in itself might not seem extraordinary, the 60-kilometre, 11-hour walk he undertakes to reach Sport's stadium for every match most certainly is. That remarkable passion and commitment earned Marivaldo a nomination for the The Best FIFA Fan Award, and has since won the hearts – and votes – of thousands of football enthusiasts across the world.
An award for the fans, decided for the fans has been bestowed on the worthiest of candidates.