Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges made headlines after he was shot five times while protecting his fellow students from gunfire during the horrific school shooting in Parkland. While he’s recovering from his injuries, love and support has flooded in from all corners of the world, including from one of Europe’s biggest soccer clubs: FC Barcelona.
Borges, who is originally from Venezuela, was well-known at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and throughout Parkland — for his prodigious soccer talent. Aside from being a lifelong fan of the game, the teen trained with FCBEscola, FC Barcelona’s youth academy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After Borges was hospitalized with gunshots to his back and legs, U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan boosted a GoFundMe page set up to help Borges’ family pay for his treatment.
“One of our own was a hero last week and needs our help,” Donovan wrote to his Twitter followers when sharing the fundraising page.
15 year old Anthony Borges saved 20 classmates as he slammed a classroom door shut during the Florida high school…
Since Donovan’s post, Borges has received more than 14,000 donations, amounting to almost half a million dollars. It was at this point that the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo announced that Manel Arroyo, the Vice President of FC Barcelona, invited Borges to come watch FC Barcelona play at the historic Camp Nou stadium, as well as meet the players on the team. The trip is said to occur once Borges is healthy enough to travel.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the hospital can’t release any information of Borges’ current state beyond saying that the 15-year-old is in “fair condition.” Regardless, the local police department told the Chicago Tribune that Borges “has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed.”