Apart from the manner in which he turns up for big matches, Gini Wijnaldum impresses us in that he’s always smiling!
Yesterday though, he made someone else grin from ear to ear, by purchasing an 11-year-old some £300 football boots – for no reason in particular!
Paddy Mackessy was gifted a pair of Adidas PureControls at the Liverpool City Adidas store on Monday, after our Dutch midfielder spotted him browsing.
His mum Louise takes the story from here…
“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,” she told Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio 1, cited in the Independent.
“I was 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’.”
Getting any kind of football boots when you’re a kid is exciting, but to be bought a pair of £300 ones by a Liverpool star must have been pretty overwhelming!
Wijnaldum enjoyed a great debut season for Liverpool, registering nine assists in the Premier League and scoring six goals to boot.
Liverpool want to bring in Naby Keita this summer, but any midfielder who does arrive will have a tough time replacing the 26-year-old, who scored the crucial first goal of our 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.