Russia, June 26: Very few goalkeepers in the World can boast of blocking a Cristiano Ronaldo fired penalty. But in Portugal's last match in the group stage, Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand became a force to be reckoned after achieving one of the toughest tasks in Football: Blocking a Ronaldo penalty kick. And there are some very interesting facts about his life to be known which will surely inspire you to do well in your life by overcoming the obstacles.
However, if one looks back at his past life - the struggles that he went through - surely does not look less than the subject of a biopic. But first, let us have a look at the memorable moment for the goalkeeper and the heartbreaking occasion for legendary Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo shared by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari:
I think all #Iranian #liverpoolfc fans should ask @klopp_juergen to look at #TeamMelli goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and consider him to replace @LorisKarius #BeiranvandToReplaceKarius. What do you think @GaryLineker? pic.twitter.com/ZPTwyl239I
— Maziar Bahari (@maziarbahari) June 25, 2018
Beiranvand apparently slept on the street, worked in a car wash and ran away from his nomad lifestyle to Tehran to achieve his dream of becoming a footballer.
"Iranian goalkeeper slept on the street, worked in a car wash and was homeless in order for him to make his dream of playing football come true. He ran away from his nomad lifestyle to Tehran and struggled to reach his dream. Tonight he blocked a penalty by Ronaldo. #motivation," read a post on Twitter by Iraqi activist and journalist Steven Nabil.
Further sharing details about Beiranvand's life, Nabil wrote: "People would walk by and see him sleeping in front of the football club's gate. They would throw coins thinking he is a homeless person. He was, but he had a dream. Today he will be on every television screen in the world."
Nabil has called Beiranvand's heartfelt life journey a story of "struggle and hope and success." For those unversed, the most unusual part of the 1-1 draw between Portugal and Iran at the Mordovia Arena came in at the 53rd-minute when in-form Ronaldo went off target with a penalty awarded after a video-assisted review.
Despite a strong attack from Iran, Portugal managed to enter the round of 16 after their final group encounter.
Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal the lead in the 45th minute, but Iran found the equaliser through a penalty conversion from Karim Ansarifard in the extra time.
Ronaldo's miss was punished in the extra time when Cedric Soares was pinged for handball following which referee Enrique Caceres again went to his video monitor.
While Iran couldn't make it to the knockout rounds of the tournament, the 37th ranked surely had something good to take away from their last match against fourth-ranked Portugal.
Not to miss out, this is not the first time when an Iranian goalkeeper has received so much limelight away from the field.
Soon after Iran's first match at the 2014 World Cup against Nigeria, goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi's name became viral over social media for his good looks. During that time, he suddenly became a sweetheart for thousands around the world.
The World Cups, over the years, have produced stars and given stories to the world of football to be proud about. Sports is known to have narrowed down the gap between discrimination over the years, giving true talent a chance to shine, and the story of Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand is another addition to it. (With Agency Inputs)