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Saturday 30 August 2014

Dublin mascot (10) shows off Irish charm on World Cup stage

Published 18/06/2014 | 21:08

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Pic credit: Twitter @ShamrockRovers

Ten year-old Irish mascot Ciaran Duffy showed all his Irish charm in his role as mascot during the World Cup clash of Spain and Chile tonight.

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The Dublin youngster, dubbed the Irish mini-Messi because of his freestyling skills, lined up at the Maracana tonight, walking out with Spanish captain Iker Casillas prior to kick-off in the famous stadium in Rio.

Any nerves the youngster may have been feeling were not evident as Ciaran even managed a wink for the cameras before the game began.

The talented 10-year-old has become an online hit for his freestyling skills after featuring in an ad for McDonalds for the World Cup Finals.

Ciaran, who plays for the Shamrock Rovers under-11s is already a member of the Manchester United Academy, centre of excellence.

It may have been a difficult night for the Spanish, but one the young Irishman is unlikely to ever forget.

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