Syrian boy who was tripped appears as Real Madrid mascot

Eight-year-old Zaid Mohsen walked onto the pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo during a La Liga match.

Osama Abdul Mohsen (centre right), the Syrian refugee who made world headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him over as he fled, with his son Zaid in the corridors of Sants train station in Barcelona prior to leaving for Madrid on 16 September 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Syrian boy Zaid Mohsen received a hero's welcome at the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada CF in Spain at the weekend.

Joined by his father Osama Abdul Mohsen and elder brother, the eight-year-old was greeted by the team before being led onto the pitch by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Vuelve a disfrutar de la salida de Zied al césped del Bernabéu con su ídolo, @Cristiano, de la mano.


Abdul Mohsen and his family recently moved to Madrid after a local football academy offered him a job and a place to live.

Mohsen is a former coach of Syrian first division side Al-Fotuwa.

The family's plight went global after he and his son were tripped by a Hungerian photographer on 9 September while trying to cross the border from Serbia.

Zaid, son of Osama Abdul Mohsen, the Syrian refugee who was tripped over by a Hungarian journalist, walks out with Cristiano Ronaldo at at the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada CF, in Spain. Picture: AFP