This 16-Year-Old Is The First Indian To Be Offered A Place On Harvard University's Soccer Team

30/12/2015 10:20 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Young Vardhin Manoj has become the first Indian player to be offered a place on Harvard University’s Soccer team, even before he finishes school, according to a The Hindu report.

The sixteen-year-old, who is in 11th grade at La Costa Canyon School in California, grabbed the limelight with his incredible performance at the U.S. Western Region competition. Vardhin has been playing with the San Deigo Surf Academy under-16 team, for three years now, and is allegedly the top scorer for his team for consecutive seasons.

The young gun, who also trained with Manchester United development squad and was selected for the Olympic development Programme, told the Hindu that he wished to become a professional footballer and play in Europe. “I am also keen to play in the ISL if I get a chance,” said the avid follower of footballing legend Ronaldo in the interview.


A Facebook photo of Vardhin Manoj playing soccer

While encouraging his dreams, Vardhin’s parents, who are IT professionals, have kept a sharp eye on his studies.“He looked very comfortable with the football when he first touched it. We have only encouraged but as he grew older I told him that his studies shouldn’t suffer because of his football. He is free to chase his dreams. I have given him all the support he needed,’’ said his father Manoj Prasad.

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