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Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian backs football scout app seeking to find the next Lionel Messi

Telegraph 02 Dec 2019 07:15

An app that puts amateur footballers from remote areas in front of top scouts has received backing from Silicon Valley heavyweight and Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Gloria enables players to upload their statistics and training videos to a smartphone app which helps exceptional talent living in hard-to-reach areas to join a network that could help them become the next football star. 

Mr Ohanian, who is married to tennis legend Serena Williams, is taking up a seat on the board of directors and will help build a community feature for football fans.  Argentine entrepreneurs Victoire Cogevina, 27, and Matias Castello, 32, came up with the idea for Gloria last year after meeting in Silicon Valley and bonding over their passion for football.

Ms Covegina was the first woman to open a sports agency with her mother and said she subsequently witnessed corruption in the scouting industry and barriers for promising athletes who were unable to afford travel or academy fees. 

Gloria charges players a $2.99 subscription fee, which pales in comparison to the tens of thousands that hopefuls might spend in the quest to become the next Lionel Messi. It launched in Buenos Aires on Monday.

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