From Vikaspuri ghetto to Madrid’s stadium. Anand struggled a lot in his childhood after his family lost their home in the Bihar floods. They had moved to the slums of Vikaspuri, New Delhi in search of better livelihood. Anand’s mother works as a maid while his father works as a carpenter back in their village. Anand is undeniably talented, but his work ethic is inspiring. He used to wake up at 3:30 am to practice football at a small ground near their slum where he met Sylvester.
The MAA family soon became his support system – after-school teaching, yoga, meditation, and national and international exposure through footballing tours of Chennai, Goa, Bengaluru, and France. He also actively participated in the stunts and plays during MAA’s Annual Day. Sylvester’s dedication, love, and compassion gave immense confidence to the once-shy Anand.
Today he is playing for the prestigious Tata Football Academy and is currently training with Atletico Madrid, Spain. We are so proud!