Meet first transgender male football team based in Brazil

Meet first transgender male football team based in Brazil

- Meninos Bons de Bola is the first transgender male football team

- The Sao Paolo based side was founded by Raphael Henrique in 2016

- The team now has 24 players who recently featured in a tournament

Meninos Bons de Bola, a Sao Paolo based club in Brazil, are the world's first ever transgender men's football team.

The club was created by Raphael Henrique Martins on social media and by word of mouth in 2016.

The 30-year-old set up the establishment in a bid to help transgender people after he became suicidal following a sexual assault he escaped from.

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Meninos Bons de Bola now boast of 24 players since it created and they have continued to fight negative stereotypes and discrimination against transgender sexuality.

The 30-year-old said: "I think it's important that our team exists so we can break down several barriers and prejudices.

"The fact that we set up a transgender team in Brazil, a country mad about football, means we've already broken down several barriers and battled stereotypes.

"We have many people who support us, who like the team.

"But unfortunately we have people who still show prejudice towards us.

"To combat that, when we are attacked, we respond with love and teaching.

"I think that's the best way we can be understood." Rapahel told SunSport, who explained why it is imperative the team continues its quest.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Premier league giants Manchester United coughed out a whopping £400k on their official team van custom-built by Belgian company.

The bus has a number of jaw-dropping features as it was famously attacked by irate West Ham fans at Upton Park in 2016.

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