Football fan gets 83 tattoos dedicated to his team

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 1:59pm IST | Place: Rio de Janeiro | Agency: AFP

In Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup, football is an inherent part of the culture. And nothing is too much trouble to show one’s love for a team a fan of the Botafogo, one of Rio’s most popular clubs, has 83 tattoos devoted to his team.

Delneri Martins Viana, a 69 year-old a fan of the Botafogo, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular teams has 83 tattoos all over his body: coats of arms, words, anthems. He is a human mural devoted to the team. 

Talking about his favourite team, Delneri says, “The club fits me. I only want victories for the club, nothing else.”

Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup. But in the country of football, the passion for local clubs is often a lot stronger than it is for the national team, despite its five world champion titles.