Iran goalkeeper ran away from home to achieve his dream as footballer

Iran goalkeeper ran away from home to achieve his dream as footballer

- Alireza Beiranvand sets a record following his heroics for Iran at the World Cup

- The 25-year-old saved a Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty in their match against Portugal

- Iran came back into the game scoring a penalty but almost won it late in the match

Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand became the first goalkeeper to save a World Cup penalty from a Portuguese player in the tournament's history.

The Iran number one saved a Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty in their final Group B match against Portugal that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The 25-year-old ran away from home during his childhood to fulfill his dreams of becoming a professional footballer and he became homeless for some time.

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Beiranvand had to work in a dress factory, a car wash and as a street cleaner before making it, according to The Guardian.

"I slept by the club's door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me," he said.

"They had thought I was a beggar! Well, I had a delicious breakfast for the first time in a long while."

Beiranvand would become a professional footballer and realize his dream of playing at a World Cup after a huge amount of hard work and dedication.

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And saving a penalty against Cristiano Ronaldo at the biggest stage in football sums up what the goalkeeper has achieved in his life.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Iran played out a 1-1 draw with Portugal in their last Group E match.

Ricardo Quaresma scored the first goal with an amazing technique that gave Alireza Beiranvand no chance.

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But Iran responded after they converted a penalty following a confirmation from the VAR Cedric handled the ball in the box.

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