Liverpool star Mohamed Salah joined in a heartwarming kickabout with a young boy who was born with no legs, at an event hosted by the UEFA Foundation for Children ahead of the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.
This came only days after Salah stopped to help a young fan who broke his nose while excitedly running after his car.
He was joined by his Liverpool teammates, manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea stars, meeting children from the Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled.
The UEFA Super Cup was staged in Istanbul as Liverpool, the Champions League winners beat Chelsea, the Europa League winners 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Players from both teams enjoyed a session chatting to and playing with some young footballers, as well as Ali Turganbekov, a young boy from Kazakhstan who was born without legs.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 13, 2019
In a series of videos tweeted by the clubs and the Uefa Foundation, the kids can be seen enjoying keepy-uppy sessions with players including Salah, Sadio Mane and N’Golo Kante at Besiktas Park in Istanbul.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 14, 2019
Another shows Olivier Giroud chatting and shaking hands with one of the young players, Agit Siyar.
The event was intended to “highlight that football leaves no one aside”, according the Uefa Foundation.
— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) August 13, 2019
Youngsters from the Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled also joined the Turkish Radio and Television polyphonic children’s choir to sing Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at the opening ceremony before kick-off.
Additional from PA.
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