efe-epaBy Nayara Batschke Sao Paulo

A Brazilian mother has made soccer come alive for her blind 12-year-old son, with her devotion to the boy and the sport being recognized by FIFA, soccer's international governing body, with the 2019 Best Fan award.

"With the award, I realized that disabled people are invisible," Silvia Grecco told EFE.

The 57-year-old Grecco adopted Nickollas, who came into the world as a 5-month-old premature baby and suffers from slight autism.