In a day and age when most professional footballers live in a world of their own, in safe little bubbles, Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has proved to be a breath of fresh air with a heart-warming gesture that for two young Gunners—Claudia and Austin—that they will likely remember for the rest of their lives.
Claudia had been spotted at the Crystal Palace-Arsenal (on December 20, 2017) game holding a “Bellerin I Love you” banner in the away end at Selhurst Park and Bellerin tweeted a picture of her asking for help in identifying the little one.
Came across this picture of last nights game, could everyone RT and help me find this young fan please? pic.twitter.com/o7WV2oO7CU
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) December 29, 2017
Twitter responded without much delay and provided the Spanish defender with the information.
And instead of just mailing her his match-worn jersey, Bellerin actually visited Claudia and Austin’s home, spending time with the star-struck family, earning himself cult status in the eyes of many fans in the process.
Little Austin got a match-worn jersey as well, as Bellerin ensured neither sibling felt overlooked.
Bellerin’s been slammed by some sections of the Arsenal support for his disparaging remarks towards ArsenalFanTV, a viral media outlet run by Gunners fans and this gesture could go someway towards a reconciliation between some sections of the North London club’s miffed support.
The 22-year-old Bellerin, currently injured, is a long-term target of Catalan giants Barcelona but recent reports have suggested Serie A side Juventus could be tempted to make a big move for the fleet-footed defender and it remains to be seen if the talented Spaniard will still be an Arsenal player when the next season starts.