In a time where soccer players are often criticised for being over paid and not in touch with reality, Georginio Wijnaldum certainly went above and beyond to dispel that stereotype.
Paddy Mackessy (11) was over in Liverpool to watch his beloved reds finish in the top four and reach the Champions League qualifying round at the beginning of next season.
The day after Jurgen Klopp’s team secured that spot with a 3-0 win over Midlesboro, Paddy was out shopping with his mum when they bumped into the Dutch international.
It was then that Wijnaldum made a completely off the cuff and generous gesture. As Paddy was eyeing up a pricey pair of top of the range Adidas boots, Wijnaldum came up behind him and asked him if he liked them.
Minutes the young lad was leaving the shop with a brand new pair of Adidas PureControl boots and an unforgettable memory.
His mother Louise told the story to Ray D’Arcy RTE Radio 1 on Monday [via Independent.ie]:
“We went into the Adidas store and Paddy just went and bought a pair of skinny pants, and of course being a typical Irish mammy, I went ‘come on so’ because he would stay looking at soccer stuff all day if you let him.
“as like ‘come on, come on’ and so we came out of the shop and he said ‘I got a selfie with him’ and I was like ‘oh brilliant’ and he said they started chatting about the soccer boots. “He said to Paddy ‘do you like those boots?’ And Paddy said ‘I do’.
“He said ‘what size are you?’ and he said ‘size five’ and he was like ‘why don’t you buy them?’ And Paddy was like ‘they’re so expensive’.
“At that stage I had called him and we left the store and Paddy was telling me this and we walked out into the city and we literally just looked behind and the lady from the store had ran after us and she said ‘listen, can you come back to the store? He wants to buy Paddy the boots’.
Just goes to show that not all footballers get caught up in their own hype. Far play to Gini Wijnaldum on a fantastic gesture.