This plucky schoolboy earns his pocket money doing 2,000 keepy uppy – with a TOILET ROLL.
Phumtham Wanat, 13, pitches up at busy metro stations in Bangkok, Thailand, to show off his skills to passers-by.
The lad – nicknamed Euros by his parents after his love of the European Cup – earns up to 300 baht from commuters and tourists – more than many of his countrymen make in a day.
After being given a new football, Phumtham was filmed yesterday (Wed) doing keepy uppy but he soon switched back to his preferred toilet rolls, which he has developed a unique talent for playing with.
Phumtham’s toilet roll keepy uppy record is 2,000 – a potential world record – but it ”depends on the quality of the toilet roll” and the surroundings. With a football he can hit 5,000.
The schoolboy – whose favourite player is Neymer – says he’s not bothered about money and does his routine for the love of football and so he can keep ‘’improving every day’’.
Phumtham said: ‘‘I go to school every day so I just do this when I have a little time. I don’t earn a lot of money. I just want to show my football skills to the public and keep improving every day.
”Nobody else does football freestyle with toilet rolls. I started playing with one and it was fun. I practised more and more with it. People like to see it.
‘‘Neymar is my favourite player. I love the European leagues and the European cup. I support all of the teams. My dream is to be a professional footballer. I want to play in the Premier League or in Europe.”
Phumtham’s father, Kompet, added: ”My son has loved football since he could walk. He plays for his school team.
”He can do 2,000 keepy uppy with the toilet roll. But it depends on the quality of the toilet roll. The conditions and surroundings also effect it.
”A strong toilet roll will keep going but another will break.
”Phumtham trains hard every day. I am proud of him that he is doing something he loves.”