World’ s top footballer Cristiano Ronaldo walked out onto the field before the start of the Russia -Portugal football match of the 2017 Confederations Cup accompanied by a disabled ten-year old girl , Polina Khayeredinova .
This is the first time in the history of FIFA when a player was escorted by a disabled child.
This historic event was made possible by the Confederations Cup’ s sponsor McDonald’ s , showing that football is open to disabled children and lets them get involved in international competitions .
Leaders of football teams taking part in the Confederations Cup will be escorted by disabled children in each of the host cities , Moscow , St. Petersburg , Kazan and Sochi.
More than 350 kids aged between 6 and 10 are participating in McDonald’ s children’ s program in the four host cities . Most of them come from orphanages , foster homes and low income families.
Other children were selected after a special creative contest. Its jury included Russian football team’ s coach Stanislav Cherchesov and former players Alexey Smertin , Sergey Semak and Dmitry Sennikov.