'Fat footballer' Andrew Cassidy: Fame a 'dream come true' - video

Apr 2, 2013

Amateur footballer dubbed the 'Welsh Maradona' signs up to talent agency after becoming internet hit

A TWENTY-STONE amateur footballer who was dubbed the "Welsh Maradona" after footage of his footballing skills went viral has told how his sudden fame is a "dream come true".

Andrew Cassidy, 50, honed his prowess in an attempt to keep active after being made unemployed as a fisherman 11 years ago. He became an internet sensation after impressed tourists secretly filmed him practicing and uploaded the footage to YouTube, reports Wales Online.

More than two million people have now seen him playing keepy-up in a car park. Cassidy of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, has since appeared on Soccer AM and been signed up by one of the biggest talent agencies in Europe, SBX entertainment.

He told Wales Online: "I love kicking around my football and I'm so pleased I'm going to be able to do it for a living. I never thought for one moment when I was knocking the ball around a car park that things would go this far."

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