Eight-year-old Lucas Lesar has dribbled and scored his way into the Australian under-10 futsal team for their tour of New Zealand at the end of the year.
The Oakville striker didn’t hold anything back when he played against older players in last month’s Australian Championships.
Selectors noticed Lucas was often dominating his older opponents as he helped NSW West under-10s reach the semi-finals, scoring three goals in the process.
“I am very excited and surprised to be chosen for the Australian team,” Lucas said. “I love both indoor and outdoor football though futsal is harder because more skills and fitness are needed.
“My hero is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and I would love to play like him.”
The Our Lady of the Angels student has inherited his love of football from his father Paul who played the game for several years.
NSW West coach Steve Lubaric said there was no reason why Lucas cannot shine in New Zealand and do well in the years to come.
“Lucas is a promising and passionate footballer and is lucky to make it to the national side,” Lubaric said.
“I wish I could have done this as a kid as you gain good experience against the foreign teams. He has very good dribbling and passing skills and is a team player.”
Lucas has been training for three years under Joe Badrov at the Football School academy.
Lucas plays for Sydney United under-9s, having earlier turned out for the Hills Spirit for two years, scoring more than 100 goals.
Australia will tour New Zealand from November 27- December 9.