Robin van Persie’s new side Fenerbahce have paid for a Manchester United fan, Louis Diamond, to fly to Istanbul to meet his hero Robin van Persie after a video of the youngster crying at the news of the Dutchman’s exit from Old Trafford went viral.
The video, filmed by Diamond’s parents, came to the attention of Fenerbahce supporters who started an online campaign to raise $2000 (£1,281) in July so that Louis could get the chance to be reunited with his idol.
@Persie_Official my son is gutted you’re leaving
“What a nice surprise! Louis Diamond came all the way from the UK to Istanbul to meet me and watch our match last night. Happy to see him smile now!” Van Persie posted on Instagram.