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Limerick Lad Gets Surprise Of His Life From Generous Liverpool Star

By James Fenton

May 23, 2017 at 10:01am


If there are any football-loving kids in your life then you'll know that the following story is pretty much a fairy tale for them. 

11-year-old Paddy Mackessy from Limerick is mad about Liverpool FC and traveled over to the city at the weekend to see his heroes beat Middlesbrough 3-0 in their final game of the season. 

As a footy fanatic, it's no surprise that Paddy checked out the Adidas store in the city during his trip with his mother Louise and got the shock of his life when he was standing admiring the football boots on offer. 

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, one of the stars for the Reds during a 2016/2017 campaign that has seen them qualify for next season's Champions League, appeared from nowhere and asked Paddy what he thinks of the boots. 

Louise told Ray D'Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1:

"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.

"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."

What an incredible gesture by the Dutchman and one that Paddy is unlikely to ever forget.


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