Mesut Ozil sends signed jerseys to a young herder

By Brian Murumba: Tuesday, March 12th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
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After being charmed by a Kenyan boy in a self-made Ozil shirt, the Arsenal star has sent gifts his way.

Mesut Ozil sent signed arsenal jerseys to the boy after he was spotted rocking the self-made jersey at a Nairobi street.

The young boy, named Lawrence, was spotted in the streets in March 2018 by Eric Njiru, a local journalist who made a plea to the Arsenal star to get him a better jersey.

In the photo's accompanying the plea, Lawrence is seen grazing cattle in the streets of Nairobi with the number 10 on his back –Ozil wears a similar number.

"I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi - a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves Mesut Ozil so much (You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real Arsenal shirt." Njiru wrote on Twitter on 3 Dec 2018.

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Three months and eight days later, the World Cup winner made young Lawrence's dream a reality.

Ozil, through Eric Njiru, sent signed arsenal shirts to the young fan. And in a typical generosity of a kid, shared them with his brother.

On learning about the success if the delivery, the arsenal playmaker took to Twitter to express his pleasure.

"The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self-made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. And look at Lawrence now – it's so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy." Said Ozil.

He also thanked the Njiru for making the delivery possible. 

However, Ozil is not the first one to show such a gesture to his fans. In 2016, Barcelona star Lionel Messi sent a signed Argentina jersey to a young Afghan fan who was spotted wearing a self-made plastic jersey.



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